NorthSouth Group

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The NorthSouth Group was formed out of a concern for the persistence of poverty and vulnerability. Main areas of focus are adolescent health and development, youth employment, child protection, disability, gender equity and menís participation, and water and sanitation. We come from international agencies, NGOs, academia and government. Our mission is to collaborate with local partners and communities to improve the health and well-being of those at risk.

Adolescent Health and Development

"The coordinated promotion and improvement of youth health and development is one of the most vital enterprises a global society can undertake to secure its future” Global Health Council

The world’s population of young people is the largest in history, nearly two billion. Ninety   per cent live in developing countries and face multiple challenges -  malnutrition and under-nutrition, early pregnancy and unsafe abortion, lack of marketable skills, and the highest rates of new HIV/AIDS infection. In high-income countries, new epidemics are emerging among pre-adolescents and adolescents, making them increasingly vulnerable. They suffer from the consequences of tobacco, alcohol and substance abuse, depression, eating disorders, and obesity. Moreover, they are victims of violence, injury, disability, and sexual abuse and exploitation. Lack of investment in the health, education, and well being of this group – the next generation – perpetuates the cycle of poor health and incurs great societal and global public health costs.

World population:  Age distribution (million)
Developing Countries

World population:  Age distribution (million)
High-Income Countries

Age Population Distribution

Source: UN World Population Prospects 2005


Click below to read more:

UNICEF - Adolescence - A Time that Matters
WHO - Child and Adolescent Health
ICRW - International Agreements
Johns Hopkins University - Trends in Youth Development

The Niblock Charitable Trust is funding our work in Kenya to support orphans and vulnerable children.

ExxonMobil The NorthSouth Group receives a grant for its outreach work from the ExxonMobil Foundation.

NorthSouth Group Advisory Committee member Mariam Khokhar is awarded International Organization for Migration Director General's Award for her contribution to IOM's immediate earthquake response.

International Organization for Migration Award

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NorthSouth Group discusses human trafficking at the International Health Conference at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Human Trafficking

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