Columbia International Affairs Online: Policy Briefs

CIAO DATE: 01/2011

Start with a Girl: A New Agenda for Global Health

Miriam Temin

August 2010

Center for Global Development


Improving adolescent girls’ health and wellbeing is critical to achieving virtually all international development goals, from reducing infant and child deaths to stimulating economic growth and encouraging environmental sustainability. Governments and donors seem to recognize this, but they have yet to take the specific actions needed to genuinely invest in adolescent girls’ health and, thereby, the health and wellbeing of generations to come.