On March 2-3, 2016, USAID/SUSTAIN conducted a two-day collaborative learning session with 36 healthcare workers from six hospitals (Mbale, Lira, Kabale, Jinja, Moroto and Gulu) involved in a pilot to establish adolescent friendly healthcare services (AFHS). Six staff from each of the hospitals were provided the opportunity to learn from each other, particularly on how to establish AFHS at the hospital level, generate demand for adolescent services, and provide them in a way friendly enough to meet the unique needs of adolescents.
For example, Gulu Regional Referral Hospital shared that their community health department is working with the district to create awareness over radio stations on the availability of adolescent services at the hospital. As well, Lira Regional Referral Hospital has stepped up friendliness of services by holding discussions with adolescents who arrive at the clinic to gather their ideas on how services can be improved.
The six hospitals are being supported by USAID/SUSTAIN to become model centers for the provision of AFHS. The goal is for other hospitals in Uganda to learn from these six with the hope that these services will contribute to national efforts of improving adolescent health in the country.
The facilitator reinforces the importance of partnerships with District Health Educators to create awareness on the availability of AFHS
Practices shared by the six hospitals to improve the provision of adolescent friendly healthcare services
Results on key indicators for the implementation of AFHS at the six hospitals, Oct 2015-Jan 2016
297 healthcare workers have been trained on the provision of adolescent health services
4,259 adolescents have attended the six adolescent centers, all were tested for HIV
49 of 56 identified HIV-positive were enrolled in HIV care
332 adolescent girls were provided with family planning services
188 adolescent boys were provided with circumcision services
63 adolescents were identified with mental health problems (due to substance abuse) and linked to care