Draft national youth policy (NYP) 2020-2030
NYP objectives 1 and 2 are directly relevant to the NCDs agenda:
- Integrate youth development into the mainstream of government policies, programmes and the national budget.
- To promote physical, mental, spiritual; and sexual reproductive health and rights
A quick look at sections in the NYP draft directly to health and NCDs are:
6.4 — Poor health, high HIV/AIDS prevalence, and high rates of violence and substance abuse (page 19).
6.7 — Youth with disabilities (page 20).
7.2 — Physical and mental health promotion (page 32).
?A policy wish list ?
The policy is suitably vague interventions using language like “should ensure” and no targets. Critical health issues like substance abuse and youth suicide must be linked with the NCDs strategic plan. tical issues like youth suicide gets one line in a paragraph one
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