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حياة المراهقين تفتقر إلى البيانات

سياتل ــ البيانات من الممكن أن تنقذ الأرواح. فبدونها ما كنا لنعلم أن التدخين يسبب سرطان الرئة وأمراض القلب، وأن الخوذات تساعد في خفض معدلات الوفيات في حوادث الدراجات النارية، وأن توفير تعليم أفضل للنساء يعمل على تحسين فرص بقاء أطفالهن ــ وأمور أخرى كثيرة. ونظرا لأهمية البيانات التي يمكن التعويل عليها فإن جمعها لابد أن يكون على رأس الأولويات.

تُعَد صحة المراهقين من المجالات التي تتسم فيها عملية جمع البيانات بالقصور بشكل خاص. إذ يحظى الأشخاص الذين تتراوح أعمارهم بين عشر سنوات إلى 24 سنة بقدر من الاهتمام أقل كثيرا من ذلك الذي تحظى به فئات عمرية أخرى. في عموم الأمر، وكما توضح لجنة لانسيت المعنية بصحة ورفاهة المراهقين، تميل السياسات الصحية والاجتماعية العالمية إلى حد كبير إلى تجاهل صحة المراهقين.

بيد أن مستقبلنا يعتمد عل صحة المراهقين في نواح كثيرة. ففي الدول المنخفضة والمتوسطة الدخل، أصبحت أعداد المراهقين أكبر من أي وقت مضىى. وسوف تؤثر صحتهم اليوم على رفاهتهم في المستقبل، وتشكل قدرتهم على كسب العيش، وإنجاب وتنشئة أطفال أصحاء، ورعاية الآباء المسنين، وقيادة مجتمعاتهم نحو السلام والرخاء.

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