Adolescent Males Left Behind

Young men work 24-hour shifts mining cassiterite ore in Szibira, South Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo. May 2, 2009. Image: Tom Stoddart/Edit/Getty
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Young men work 24-hour shifts mining cassiterite ore in Szibira, South Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo. May 2, 2009. Image: Tom Stoddart/Edit/Getty

Boys and young men made up 61% of global deaths among people ages 10 to 24 in 2019, according to a new Lancet report that suggests young males are being left behind in global efforts to address mortality.

 
Among males between 10 and 14 years old across all regions, most deaths were accident-related, except:

  • In high-income countries, cancer was the leading cause.
  • In south Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, food-and water-borne diseases cause the most deaths, The Guardian reports.


Policymakers have failed to address causes of death that primarily impact young men, like violence, trauma and substance misuse, the authors say.
 
The result: Many countries have “relatively good mortality outcomes for young children, but some of the highest mortality globally in adolescent age groups,” said study co-author Joseph Ward of University College London.

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