Current status + progress
Patterns of mortality change as children enter adolescence
In 2012 alone, an estimated 1.3 million deaths occurred worldwide among 10–19-year-olds. Road injuries, AIDS-related causes, suicide, lower respiratory infections and interpersonal violence were the top five leading causes of death in adolescents and young people in 2012. However, there has been a modest drop in the adolescent mortality rate from 126 deaths per 100,000 in 2000 to 111 per 100,000 in 2012. Despite this overall decline in mortality, the estimated number of global AIDS-related deaths among adolescents aged 10-19 has nearly tripled from 21,000 in 2000 to 60,000 in 2014, despite decreasing among all other age groups. This negative trend is likely attributed to the increasing number of perinatally-infected infants who have survived into adolescence, often undetected or initiated late and not retained on treatment.