The article argues that young people face greater reproductive health risks than adults, yet they are less willing and able to access RH services. Given that the consequences of poor reproductive health in adolescence, such as those stemming from a too-early pregnancy or acquiring a STI or HIV, have serious implications for the future as well as the present, clinical programs need to find practical ways to assess their current operations and take steps to ensure that they are “youth-friendly.”
The “Clinic Assessment of Youth Friendly Services: A Tool for Rapid Assessment and Improving Reproductive Health for Youth” was developed to facilitate the rapid assessment of youth -friendly characteristics, providing the basis for developing and implementing a comprehensive action plan. Experiences with the Tool in the four African Youth Alliance countries (Botswana, Ghana, Tanzania, and Uganda) have shown that numerous service elements require upgrading, if the clinics are to successfully attract and serve young clients. The conducting of these baseline assessments has also resulted in important lessons learned that can be applied to future assessments, all with a primary objective of providing youth with better, more sensitive and relevant reproductive health care.
Part 4 of the Technical Guidance Series.