A recent report published by the World Health Organization (WHO) has revealed that road accidents are the biggest killer of teenagers globally. The data published in the report reveals that in the year 2015, more than 1.2 million teenagers lost their lives globally. Among this, one out of every 10 deaths occurred in a road accident. This translates into a total of 115,302 deaths of teenagers in road accidents in 2015. The report further states that the most vulnerable group was the 15-19 years age group, which formed the biggest share of the fatalities. Most of these fatalities occurred in the Americas, the poorer countries in Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean region.
Most of the teenagers killed belonged to the vulnerable category that includes pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. The WHO report also talks about the biggest killers among girls and young women. In this case, the biggest killers are chest infections and self-harm. The report notes that deaths resulting from self-harm are increasing in many countries in the world. “Self-harm is a massive and increasing issue in many countries. We are seeing suicide rates go up. Adolescence is quite a stressful time of life. Young people need support, but adolescent health across the world has been largely neglected,” the report author said.