FIRST NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ADOLESCENT HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT IN NEPAL
2nd-3rd May, 2016 ,KATHMANDU, NEPAL
The Ministry of Health of Nepal is excited to announce the country’s first national conference on adolescent health and development – ‘my Health. my Rights. our Future.’ – which will take place in Kathmandu on May 2-3, 2016.
Better adolescent health is both a shared aspiration and a responsibility for the future. What will it take to design and deliver effective interventions for adolescent health and development? And how can we get there? The conference will tackle these questions by bringing together key stakeholders in adolescent health from across Nepal and the region – including policy makers, practitioners, researchers, adolescent and youth representatives, and the media – to discuss how to advance the agenda for better adolescent health. Together with partners from the international community, development agencies, the private sector and the research community, conference participants – including adolescent and youth leaders – will consider opportunities for local, regional and global cooperation aimed at promoting the health and overall development of adolescents.
my Health. my Rights. our Future is being organised by the Family Health Division and GIZ in partnership with United Nations Population Fund, UNICEF, World Health Organization, Family Planning Association of Nepal, International Medical Corps, Volunteer Services Overseas, Marie-Stopes International, Population Services International, Save the Children International, IPAS, United Mission to Nepal, YUWA, Y-PEER, Yuwalaya, and several others.
The goal of the conference is to accelerate the implementation of commitments and agreements on adolescent health and development in line with the Sustainable Development Goals and Nepal’s national policies, strategies and plans.
This conference is not only about young people, it is for young people as well! The programme
will feature many dynamic and interactive sessions designed to encourage dialogue and
participation. Interactive plenary discussions, small working group sessions, workshops, tech
spaces, an innovation fair, photography exhibits, film, theatre, and arts and crafts – these are just
some of the ways the conference programme will seek to engage the views and contributions of
adolescents and youth. Some scientific papers by young researchers will be presented orally or as
The conference will cover a range of themes, in line with the national strategy on adolescent health and development.
Theme 1: A supportive and safe environment for adolescents
Theme 2: Sexual and reproductive health services
Theme 3: Adolescent nutrition: Malnutrition (under and over nutrition) and food habits
Theme 4: Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), HIV and adolescents
Theme 5: Gender-based violence, human trafficking, child marriage and adolescent pregnancy
Theme 6: Tobacco, alcohol and drugs: Risk factors for non-communicable diseases
Theme 7: Emotional health of adolescents, depression and suicide
Theme 8: Adolescents in post-disaster situations
Themes of the conference