Review of the health and wellbeing of adolescents and young people in the Middle East and North Africa

There are over 126 million adolescents and young people in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) accounting for 25% of the population in this region.

This age groups marks a critical developmental stage during which the foundations for future health and wellbeing, and that of future generations, are established. It is also a period of unique risks and needs with respect to health, distinct to the health needs of children and adults. However, adolescents globally, and in the MENA region, face considerable barriers to accessing effective health services and support and their specific health are often largely invisible in policy and planning.

The aim of this project is to use nationally-comparable data to describe and quantify health outcomes, risks, and factors related to wellbeing for 10-24 year-olds in 20 countries in the MENA region.

Specifically, the work will involve:

  • Developing a conceptual framework that defines key domains of health and wellbeing for 10-24 year-olds
  • Map available comparable data and indicators for adolescent health across the MENA region
  • Populate available indicators and define key measurement gaps: these will help inform future efforts around adolescent health and wellbeing in the region.

The project will produce 20 country profiles that will describe the key outcomes, risks and determinants of adolescent health and wellbeing, data gaps, and further research priorities.


April – December 2022


UNICEF Middle East North Africa Regional Office


UNICEF Middle East North Africa

Contact Details

For any general enquiries relating to this project, please contact:

Doctor Elissa Kennedy

Co-Program Director, Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health; Co-Head Global Adolescent Health