2nd Adolescent Health Symposium: investing in adolescent health

Nairobi, KENYA 21 November 2017– The Ministry of Health 2nd Kenya National Adolescent Health symposium will be held on 23-24 November 2017 at Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi.

The aim of the 2nd symposium is to ensure meaningful engagement and participation of adolescents for them to be powerful agents for positive change in the society, particularly concerning their health.

The symposium which is organized by the Neonatal, Child and Adolescent Health Unit in the Ministry of Health, has scheduled a one-day, adolescent driven, pre-symposium on the 22nd of November 2017 prior to the symposium.

The ultimate goal of the second symposium is to improve the holistic multisector approach to adolescent health at all levels of service delivery whilst ensuring that adolescents fully participate in developing themselves, their families, communities and the nation, towards harnessing the demographic dividend.

 The theme of the symposium is “Fast Tracking Adolescent Health for the demographic dividend: Adolescent Health now for a healthy, educated and economically growing population”

The first symposium was held in October 2015 under the theme “Evolving challenges in Adolescent Health: Reflecting on the post 2015 sustainable development agenda.”

The 2nd symposium seeks to harness multisector investment in adolescent health in order to yield a quadruple dividend; to the adolescent right now, in future, for the adolescents’ future generation and for the economies of their communities. A healthy, young, educated and economically empowered population is able to work to generate revenue and boost the economy exponentially hereby harnessing the demographic dividend generated from interventions to improve family planning by reducing family sizes.

The objectives of the Symposium is to stimulate debate around a multisector approach to improving Adolescent Health through coordination and interaction of the health, education and financial sectors.

It is also expected to promote, scale up and replication of evidence based interventions that are demonstrated to have worked in various settings including country implementation of the Global Accelerated Action for the Health of Adolescents (AA-HA!) guidelines, identify new approaches to adolescent health interventions and investments and to build partnerships and synergies across different disciplines together with adolescents.

In attendance will be policy makers, Ministry of health officials, development and implementation partners, regional, national and county representatives, academia, researchers, public and private practitioners and adolescents.

The thematic areas for the Symposium include Leadership and governance for Adolescent Health, Adolescent Health and Education, service delivery and Crosscutting issues in Adolescent Health.

Adolescence is the period in human growth and development that occurs after childhood and before adulthood, from ages 10 to 19, where young adolescents are between the ages of 10-14 years and older adolescents are between the ages of 15-19 years.

According to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, there are approximately 9.1 million adolescents between the ages of 10-19 years in Kenya which constitutes about 24% of Kenya’s total population. The adolescent stage presents a critical and opportune time for human and economic investment, in view of achieving a demographic dividend for Kenya.


Despite the window of opportunity that adolescence presents, many adolescents face considerable high risk of adverse immediate and chronic health consequences. It’s because of this that the Ministry has organized the symposium to convene health stakeholders to a joint forum to address the myriad issues affecting adolescent health.