The World Health Organization released a report that revealed the number one cause of teenage deaths – road accidents. The report highlights that in 2015, over 1.2 million teenage deaths were recorded. In every 10 these deaths, one of them was due to road accident.
Categorizing the deaths gender-wise, males aged 10 to 19 years were found to be the biggest number of casualties.
Girls and young women on the other hand were found to die most as a result of self-harm and chest infections.
The following is a list of the top 5 killers of teenagers aged between 10 and 19:
- Road accident
- Lower respiratory infections
- Intentional and accidental suicide – self harm
- Diarrheal diseases
The worldwide study reported that over 3,000 teenagers die on a daily basis.
Majority of the deaths are recorded in low and middle income countries in South East Asia and Africa.
What’s more, majority of them are preventable.
The number one teen killer
Road accidents are the top killer of teens, affecting mostly cyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists.
Of the 115,302 casualties, males between 15 and 19 make a bigger chunk of the deaths.
Even though the rate is lowest worldwide, high-income countries still experience majority of teen deaths through road injuries.
Britain recorded 145 road deaths in 2015 of which 3,166 individuals were left seriously injured.
One major contributor for this could be the transition from primary to secondary school where children tend to walk themselves to school, suggest UK experts.
In some countries, such as the UK, road safety education and legislation encouraging drivers to slow down appears to be having the desired effect, reducing road accident rates, says the WHO report author, Dr Anthony Costello.
There are several other countries that are yet to catch up.
A declining trend
The number of adolescent deaths worldwide has been declining. But despite this positive trend, there are still some fatalities that are daily becoming a commonplace.
For instance, self-harm is one major issue that is impacting many countries all over the world. Suicide rates are soaring up.
Dr Costello explains that adolescence is one of the most stressful times in a young person’s life. That necessitates continued support for the adolescents.