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National adolescent and youth health policy 2017
Posted: Oct 6, 2017
Category: Policy Guidelines

National adolescent and youth health policy 2017

This Adolescent and Youth Health Policy aims to promote the health and well-being of young people, aged 10-24 years. Over the past two decades in South Africa, we have focused on equitable distribution of health resources and the expansion of service delivery. This has transformed the public health service. In adolescent and youth health, evidence from research has improved our understanding of needs and responses, and programmatic innovation has expanded healthcare provision and awareness. Despite this progress, adolescents and youth still face risks. Persistent high rates of HIV transmission (particularly among young, black women), tuberculosis, unintended and unsupported pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections and substance abuse are major challenges for adolescents and youth, and for the health sector that services their needs.

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Project REACH Re-engaging adolescents and children in HIV treatment and care
Posted: Jul 28, 2017
Category: Policy Guidelines

Project REACH Re-engaging adolescents and children in HIV treatment and care

Project Re-Engage Adolescents and Children with HIV (REACH) investigates whether a health facility-based peer support model improves HIV treatment outcomes and care services in children (1-9 years) and adolescents (10-19 years). It engages 59 young people living with HIV (YPLHIV) as Peer Supporters in 20 healthcare facilities. Together, these facilities treat and care for 23,531 children and adolescents living with HIV across five sub-Saharan African countries in urban (85%) and rural (15%) areas and primary (35%), secondary (25%) and tertiary (40%) healthcare settings.
The project is premised upon Peer Supporters (18- 24 years) using their lived experiences to improve YPLHIV access to information and services, adherence to treatment and devel-opment of resilience in the face of adversity. Peer Supporters also serve as role models to YPLHIV, by adhering to treatment and living openly and positively with HIV in their communities.
Peer Supporters receive supervision, relevant training and a practical toolkit to help them develop and deliver peer-to-peer services and provide operational support in resource-limited health facilities.

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Capacity and consent – Empowering adolescents to exercise their reproductive rights
Posted: Jul 28, 2017
Category: Policy Guidelines

Capacity and consent – Empowering adolescents to exercise their reproductive rights

With adolescents and youth constituting a quarter of the global population – for a total of 1.8 billion people – it has never been more critical that their human rights be fully recognized and realized within global arenas and at the regional, national, and community level.

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Measuring HIV stigma and discrimination
Posted: Feb 28, 2017
Category: Policy Guidelines

Measuring HIV stigma and discrimination

This brief is designed to guide researchers in the study of HIV-related stigma and discrimination, either as the main focus of research or as a complement to related topics. It outlines the key domains of HIV-related stigma and discrimination that need to be measured if we are to understand how stigma operates and how it can be reduced in a particular setting. The brief proposes specific questions for measuring the key conceptual domains of stigma and discrimination across
three populations: people living with HIV, the general population and healthcare providers. It lists areas requiring further question development, testing and validation.

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WHO guidelines on the management of health complications from female genital mutilation
Posted: Feb 13, 2017
Category: Policy Guidelines

WHO guidelines on the management of health complications from female genital mutilation

These guidelines are intended primarily for health-care professionals involved in the care of girls and women who have been subjected to any form of FGM. This document also provides guidance for policy-makers, health-care managers and others in charge of planning, developing and implementing national and local health-care protocols and policies. The information contained in this document will also be useful for designing job aids and pre- and in-service professional training curricula in the areas of medicine, nursing, midwifery and public health for health-care providers caring for girls and women living with FGM.

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