Adolescent Health and Empowerment
Life Skills ▪ Access to Services ▪ Participation
Vulnerable adolescents and youth – including children dealing with substance abuse, mental health challenges and sexual/reproductive issues – get the services, information, skills and opportunities they need to manage issues affecting them ways that build their confidence, increase resilience and reduce vulnerability.
ADOLESCENT FRIENDLY SERVICES
Ensure minimum standards/protocols and referral mechanisms for HIV/STI and mental health services, to meet the specific needs of adolescents and young people.
Build the capacity of healthcare workers who interface with adolescents to deliver better quality and more child-friendly services.
TARGETED SUPPORT FOR KEY AFFECTED POPULATIONS
Equip vulnerable and hard-to-reach adolescents with knowledge and life skills to improve their health seeking behaviours and to access key health, second-chance education and protective services.
Where possible, engage parents of adolescents to build their skills to better communicate and strengthen the protective environment for adolescents and young people.
Engage at-risk adolescents and young people through culturally appropriate methods, including sports and artistic activities that build critical life skills.
Strengthen and develop governance mechanisms at parish and regional levels to ensure that marginalized groups have a say in decision-making.
KNOWELDGE GENERATION AND MANAGEMENT
Improve collection, analysis and use of data about the most vulnerable populations, to strengthen advocacy, programming and monitoring.
Key strategic partners:
Ministry of Health
Ministry of Education
Ministry of Youth and Culture
Department of Local Government
Sports Development Foundation
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
UN Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)