• Dato' Dr Narimah Awin Family Health Development Division, Ministry of Health, Kuala Lumpur.
Keywords: Adolescent health, National Adolescent Health Policy


This paper is appropriately positioned as an "emerging public health problem" because the health and social problems related to the second decade of life, have emerged as a serious concern, and are likely to be even more serious in the future, unless effective preventive are instituted. Prevention can be perceived from its various levels, i.e. primary, secondary and tertiary prevention. It may also be seen from the role to be played by the individual, some require less active participation of the individuals (as in water fluoridation) and some require more (such as seeking health care and adoption of healthy lifestyles). The paper briefly reviews the health implications of the adolescent years, as well as the situation of adolescent health in Malaysia derived from limited studies. Some specific primary, secondary and tertiary prevention strategies for adolescent health are described. The paper briefly describes the efforts that are being carried out by the Ministry of Health in the efforts to institute these strategies.


1. Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine 2003, Vol. 3(2):2A
How to Cite
Dato’ Dr Narimah Awin. (2003). PREVENTION STRATEGIES IN ADOLESCENT HEALTH . Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine, 3(2), 2-4. Retrieved from