Dear Friends and Colleagues,We warmly invite you to be part of the most exciting and innovative event in global adolescent health. Our 10th World Congress on Adolescent Health will be held in Istanbul in June 2013, and will bring together over 1000 participants from a wide range of health disciplines and many countries around the world.
There has never been a greater need for us to focus on improving the health of the world’s young people. Young people 10-24 years of age now number more than 1.8 billion globally, making up 27% of the world’s population. Young people are our future –the future workers, parents and leaders of our nations. Yet over the last 50 years, global social, economic and political changes have adversely affected young people’s health, to the extent that adolescence and young adulthood are no longer the healthiest time of life.
Change is urgently needed, both in policy and public health responses and in clinical services for young people around the world. This 10th International Congress on Adolescent Health provides a unique opportunity to help catalyze change, bringing together clinicians’ detailed knowledge of young people’s lives with the broader perspectives of public health. In Bridging perspectives from public health and clinical medicine to promote adolescent health, we seek to influence governments, health agencies and founders and clinicians around the world to meet the challenge of improving young people’s health.
This will be the 10th International Congress on Adolescent Health held by the International Association of Adolescent Health (IAAH). It will build on strengths of previous international congresses in Kuala Lumpur (2009), Lisbon (2005) and Bahia, Brazil (2001), back to the early congresses held in Sydney and Helsinki.
For our 2013 meeting in Istanbul, we are partnering with the Turkish Pediatric Association, who will be holding their 49th annual congress at the same time.
A key strength of IAAH congresses is their inter-disciplinarity. The program is designed to be compelling and engaging for a wide range of professionals, from clinicians, public health practitioners and youth workers through to sociologists, psychologists and teachers. As is our tradition, youth participation will be a key element of the Istanbul meeting.
We look forward to welcoming you to Istanbul and hope to meet you in the sessions there.
Best wishes and warm regards,
We would also like to thank the many sponsors for our event:
Kuala Lumpur 2009
The 5th International Congress of Adolescent Health, "A Time for Action" held in Montreux, Switzerland in 1991, was the first international adolescent health conference under the auspices of IAAH. It was co-sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Children's Centre in Paris. The Congress was a huge success, featuring over 350 delegates from 40 countries, vibrant youth participation, and a wide collection of diverse papers, posters, and discussions. At the Congress the definitive structure for the IAAH Executive Council and the Articles of Association were ratified. IAAH's council was expanded to accommodate representatives from all regions of the world. Members from Africa, Asia, and Europe met to plan strategies for action and to develop timetables for future regional activities.
"Official Relations" status with the WHO was awarded to IAAH at the World Health Assembly in 1993. This drew IAAH into the global family of recognised, humanitarian, non-Government organisations (NGO's) and opened the way to representation at the annual World Health Assembly and other WHO events. This development further consolidated IAAH's connection with WHO's adolescent health program. IAAH was now a legitimate, international voice for youth health and its relationship with the Society for Adolescent Medicine was evolving.
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