Tajikistan takes steps to join the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children research network

Tajikistan welcomed the Regional Office’s suggestion of joining the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) research network and took its first step, participating in a two-day orientation workshop on 9–10 August 2016 in Dushanbe. Participants were representatives of the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of Population of Tajikistan, the Ministry of Education and Science, the Academy of Education of Tajikistan and development partners.

At the workshop, hosted by WHO/Europe, participants discussed HBSC in the context of the national child and adolescent health strategy, the HBSC Terms of Reference and study protocol, and survey sampling opportunities for Tajikistan.

Adolescence is a period in which an individual undergoes major physical and psychological changes. Adolescence is a time of opportunity as it can set the stage for a healthy and productive adulthood and reduce the likelihood of problems in the years that lie ahead.

At the same time, it is a period of risk because behaviours established during adolescence can continue into adulthood, affecting issues such as mental health, tobacco use, diet, physical activity levels and alcohol use.

About HBSC

HBSC is an international alliance of researchers from 45 countries across Europe and North America. HBSC focuses on understanding young people’s health in their social context – where they live, at school, with family and friends to understand how these factors, individually and together, influence young people’s health as they move from childhood into young adulthood.