Adolescents represent an important population group in terms of responding to NCD for two reasons. Firstly, many of the risk factors for adult NCD arise and are potentially modifiable during adolescence. Secondly, adolescents experience a significant burden of preventable NCD (for example, mental disorder and chronic pain), with many of these diseases having implications for their current and longer term health and wellbeing their longer term health.
Currently, there is limited data measuring the range of NCD risk factors and outcomes in adolescents. In countries, such as Indonesia, the absence of this data contributes to a policy and practice gap. This study aims to fill these gaps by documenting the prevalence of the key NCD risk factors and outcomes amongst adolescents. It will also measure access and barriers to health services to help identify opportunities to address NCD through the health system.