New Youth-friendly clinic in Mykolaiv invites teens and youth
UNICEF and the Department of Health Care of Mykolaiv State Oblast Administration, together with the Ministry of Health Care set up a new youth friendly clinic at the Mykolaiv dermato-venerological early treatment centre (2, Radisna str.). This facility will provide medical, social and psychological services to high risk adolescents and youth in respect of their psychological, physiological and social particularities, and according to youth friendly principles – Accessibility, Voluntariness and Friendliness.
The opening ceremony was attended by the Head of Mykolaiv Oblast Council Ihor Diatlov, Deputy Head of State Oblast City Administration Nataliia Ivantsova, mayor of Mykolaiv a.i. Iurii Hranaturov, UNICEF Deputy Representative in Ukraine Rudiger Luchmann , representatives of NGOs, and adolescents.
“The health of a nation is an indicator of a society’s civilization level . It reflects the social and economic conditions of the state, and we understand that the development of adolescent health care system is a very urgent task. Therefore, we made a complete renovation of the department and provided it with new medical equipment and furniture. To these aims, we received the support of UNICEF and established partnership with Department of health care of Mykolayiv State Oblast administration and Charitable foundation “UNITUS” in order to provide high quality services to most-at-risk adolescents with regard to HIV infection”, the chief doctor of Mykolaiv dermato-venerological early treatment centre M.Bekalo stated.
Adolescents nowadays are the children who were born in tough times of early 1990s and grew up in a time when HIV/AIDS was quickly spreading. In the past 10-15 years, all countries in the world have started to understand and acknowledge the necessity to set up specific health care facilities for adolescents that would meet their needs; the notion of “adolescent medicine” is being constantly improved and refined.
In 1997, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) began their cooperation with the Government of Ukraine in the area of mainstreaming modern approaches to providing health care to adolescents and young people. Its initiative on the establishment of youth-friendly clinics was supported in 2005-2006 by the Ministry of Health Care within the framework of a pilot project that encompassed nine regions of Ukraine. These clinics are now fully functional. , Unfortunately however, the issue of access to most-at-risk adolescents with regard to HIV infection – those who need it the most – to these services is still quite a problem.
The youth-friendly clinic provides comprehensive medical and social care to adolescents and youth with due respect of their psychological, physiological and social particularities and according to youth-friendly principles – Accessibility, Voluntariness and Friendliness. Establishment of the youth-friendly clinic in Mykolaiv made it possible to perform the following tasks:
A client of the clinic can select any health care professional to seek care from. It is more likely to receive confidential or anonymous service, because the client can, for instance, come to the clinic under the guise of visiting the physician but also pay visit to gynecologist and psychologist.
Social values of health conditions of adolescents and young people are high, despite them being the reproductive, intellectual, economic, social, political and cultural future of society.
In addition, UNICEF Deputy Representative in Ukraine Rudiger Luchmann presented the materials of awareness raising campaign “Get an HIV Test!” that will be launched in 2014 in Mykolaiv, Kyiv and Odesa with the support of European Union. This initiative aims at informing adolescents and young people about the importance of HIV test and where to get it and also at promoting necessary knowledge to prevent HIV infection. In Mykolaiv, this initiative will be delivered by Charitable foundation “UNITUS” with the support of UNICEF.
About UNICEF: UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. UNICEF office in Ukraine was established in 1997. Learn more at www.unicef.org.ua. Join us on Twitter, Facebook and ВКонтакте
For further information, please contact: Sergiy Prokhorov, UNICEF Kyiv, firstname.lastname@example.org