Accelerating implementation of adolescent friendly health service in the South-East Asia Region
AbstractAdolescence (10-19 years) is a period of transition from childhood to adulthood, during which enormous physical and psychological changes occur. Significant progress has been made in recent years in Member countries of the WHO South-East Asia Region in the response to specific health needs of adolescents, though sustainable and broad-based actions continue to remain a priority. In this context, a meeting of the National Adolescent Health Programme Managers of Member countries of the Region was organized at Bali, Indonesia, from 12-15 February 2008. The objectives of the meeting included the sharing of experiences with implementation; obtaining technical updates on evidence-based interventions; preparing new tools and guidelines; receiving inputs of Member countries in the draft regional strategic directions; and implementing the workplans for 2008-2009. The 4 'S' strategic approach (Strategic information, Supportive evidence-based policies, Services and supplies, and Strengthening other sectors) suggested by WHO was accepted by Member countries and select country experiences were shared by programme managers for each component of the approach. Participants concluded that Member countries of the SEA Region have made commendable progress in addressing the health and other needs of adolescents. Access and coverage of health services is being implemented through the Adolescent Friendly Health Services (AFHS). Participants also recommended that while actively contributing to a multisectoral approach it is vital that health ministries of countries bolster the role of the health sector in collating and disseminating strategic information; developing evidence-informed policies; improving the provision of health services; and forming critical partnerships with other sectors.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2008). Accelerating implementation of adolescent friendly health service in the South-East Asia Region. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/204739