Young people account for 30% of the population in South Africa, with just under 15 million young people aged 10 – 24 years. Adolescence is considered a time of both risk and opportunity: When rapid physical and psychological changes may lead to a rise in risk behaviour, substance abuse, sexual and reproductive health problems, violence and mental illness. Adolescent health and behaviour are also key determinants of the adult burden of disease. It is therefore critical to invest in youth friendly services that promote physical and mental health, and enable young people to successfully navigate the challenges of adolescence and take on adult responsibilities.
How are young people in South Africa using mobile phones to bridge healthcare gaps? Emerging evidence and recommendations
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Project: The impact of mobile phones on young people's lives and life chances in sub-Saharan Africa: a three country study to inform policy and practice