Adolescents and Youth
UNICEF will contribute to further strengthening of capacities of the Judiciary, Police, Prisons Organization, and State Welfare Organization for provision of the required support to children and adolescents in contact with the law. UNICEF will also support development of a model which establishes and links together the key components of a child-centred justice system, namely a juvenile court, juvenile police unit, and aftercare centre.
UNICEF and the Ministry of Health will work on expanding and rolling out evaluated Adolescent-Friendly Services models that have proven to address underlying social vulnerabilities of most at risk adolescents and young people to HIV. Through these services delivered in a satisfactory, culturally sensitive and stigma-free manner, adolescent and young people get empowered to protect themselves from HIV while exercising their participation rights within the scope of centers that help them to safeguard themselves from risk factors associated with the disease. UNICEF as the co-convener of Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission (EMCT) programme at interagency level, works closely with other UN agencies to provide support to national partners to ensure that those delivering services to women at health-based clinics and centers, have the necessary capacity to implement EMTCT programme including prevention, treatment and care to their beneficiaries.
Meanwhile, supporting the Drug Control Headquarters (DCHQ) and other UN sister agencies, UNICEF will work on programmes that highlight positive peer roles in drug abuse prevention with emphasis on prevention of Amphetamine Types Stimulants use. The support includes gathering evidence, strengthening policies and programmes and developing relevant service tools related to resilience-based prevention programming.
In partnership with the Ministry of Sports and Youth (MOSY), UNICEF will support the Government to generate data and analysis on the situation of young people with a focus on well-being, development and employability. Based on the generated knowledge, a strategy will be developed for strengthening youth programming among different governmental stakeholders. UNICEF will also collaborate with the Iranian Red Crescent Society and the Ministry of Health to conduct national surveys and design replicable models in order to promote healthy lifestyles among adolescents and youth. This will help to improve their safe driving and social health situation in particular.