Global mortality among young people aged 10–24 years

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The most recent systematic global analysis to focus on mortality in young people aged 10–24 years is now more than a decade old. Since then, there have been huge changes to patterns of health risk, population growth, and improvements in the availability and quality of mortality estimates. Documentation of patterns and long-term trends in mortality in young people, which reflect huge changes in demographic and social determinants of adolescent health, enables identification of global investment priorities for this age group. The study aimed to analyse data on the number of deaths, years of life lost, and mortality rates by sex and age group in people aged 10–24 years in 204 countries and territories from 1950 to 2019 by use of estimates from the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study (GBD) 2019.

In 2019 there were 1·49 million deaths worldwide in people aged 10–24 years, of which 61% occurred in males. 32·7% of all adolescent deaths were due to transport injuries, unintentional injuries, or interpersonal violence and conflict; 32·1% were due to communicable, nutritional, or maternal causes; 27·0% were due to non-communicable diseases, and 8·2% were due to self-harm.

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