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Investments In Adolescent Health, Education Could Yield 10-Fold Economic Returns, Lancet Study Says

HealthDay News: Money Spent on Teen Health a Good Global Investment
“Worldwide investments in teen health could yield significant economic returns, a new study contends. ‘Investing in young people is in everyone’s interest,’ said Babatunde Osotimehin, executive director of the United Nations Population Fund. ‘A small investment in empowering and protecting the world’s over a billion adolescents can bring a 10-fold return, or sometimes even more.’ Improving the physical, mental, and sexual health of kids aged 10 to 19 — at a cost equivalent to US$4.60 per person per year — could result in a 10-fold economic return by preventing 12 million deaths and more than 30 million unwanted pregnancies, the study authors reported…” (Preidt, 4/20).

OnMedica: Investing in adolescent health can bring huge benefits
“Countries that invest in adolescent health and education could see a 10-fold economic benefit and millions of saved lives, claims a study published [Wednesday] in The Lancet. Researchers from Australia’s Victoria University, the University of Melbourne and the United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA) found that investments in adolescent health and wellbeing were some of the best that could be made towards achieving global goals to cut poverty and guarantee healthy lives…” (O’Dowd, 4/20).

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