These policy guidelines serve as framework for establishing mental health services for children and adolescents at national, provincial and local levels of health care within the primary Health Care approach using an intersectoral approach. They have been developed in relation to other South African policies, legislation and treaties that address themselves to the enhancement of survival as well as well the protection and development of children and adolescents.
The preamble of the policy guidelines adopts a holistic approach in addressing the various risk and protective factors that can affect the mental health of children and adolescents. These causal factors can exist in the physical, emotional and social domains of the human being.
Guidance for providing informed-choice counseling on sexual health for women interested in PrEP
The purpose of this guidance is to promote informed decision making on sexual health for women who have expressed interest in using PrEP as part of their HIV risk-reduction strategy.Download pdf (209 downloads)
Adolescent South African girls aged 15-19 have an HIV prevalence rate eight times higher than boys of the same age. More than 2,000 young women aged 15-24 are estimated to be infected with HIV each week in South Africa. Unacceptably high rates of HIV infection, teenage pregnancy, sexual and gender-based violence (GBV), and unemployment all contribute to an environment where adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) in South Africa are at significant risk for HIV infection. It will not be possible to reach HIV epidemic control in South Africa without reducing the high incidence of new infections among AGYW.
The South Africa government and PEPFAR convened a meeting to review Best Practices and Innovations in Reaching Adolescent Girls and Young Women on 26-27 October 2016. Presentations for the workshop were selected from submitted abstracts. Presentations and abstracts are available at the following website: https://za.usembassy.gov/our-relationship/pepfar/partner-dissemination-meetings/
How the world’s richest are reaching out to Africa’s children: From soccer to succour. The programme, Girls Achieve Power (GAP), funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is designed by the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (Wits RHI), and Grassroot Soccer. The two additional partners on the programme include Sonke Gender Justice and The Population Council. The programme plans to educate young girls about HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health and gender norms.