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Even when developing countries receive global aid, teens miss out

Nobody is making sure the kids are alright.
a boy sits on a graffiti covered wall

Artem, 14, sits on a wall outside 'Way Home', the UNICEF-assisted shelter where he lives in the city of Odessa, Ukraine.

World Health Organization

Thinking back, most of us can confirm that adolescence is a rough time. What with , adolescents face a heavy burden. That burden is correlated with certain health issues—injury, mental health disorders, and nutrition-related illness, for instance. For adolescents in the developing world, the burden may be made even heavier by poverty, diseases like tuberculosis, and cultural expectations like early marriage. that adolescent health programs in low-income countries receive just 1.6 percent of the funding that comes from the international community for health development purposes.

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