Expanding access to contraceptive services for adolescents
Policy Brief 2012
Adolescents, both unmarried and married, face many sexual and reproductive health risks stemming from early, unprotected, and unwanted sexual activity. Key factors underlying this issue are lack of access to sexuality education, and to accessible, affordable, and appropriate contraception. There is an urgent need to implement programmes to meet the contraception needs of adolescents, while dismantling the current barriers to adolescents from accessing services.
Preventing early pregnancies and poor reproductive outcomes among adolescents in developing countries
WHO guidelines, 2011
The WHO guidelines, Preventing early pregnancy and poor reproductive outcomes among adolescents in developing countries, provide both a call to action and directions for future research on: • preventing early pregnancy: by preventing marriage before 18 years of age; by increasing knowledge and understanding of the importance of pregnancy prevention; by increasing the use of contraception; and by preventing coerced sex; and • preventing poor reproductive outcomes: by reducing unsafe abortions; and by increasing the use of skilled antenatal, childbirth and postnatal care.
Making health services adolescent friendly: Developing national quality standards for adolscent-friendly services
This Guidebook sets out the public health rationale for making it easier for adolescents to obtain the health services that they need to protect and improve their health and well-being, including sexual and reproductive health services. It defines ‘adolescent-friendly health services’ from the perspective of quality, and provides step-by-step guidance on developing quality standards for health service provision to adolescents. Drawing upon international experience, it is also tailored to national epidemiological, social, cultural and economic realities, and provides guidance on identifying what actions need to be taken to assess whether appropriate standards have been achieved
Quality Assessment GUIDEBOOK. A guide to assessing health services for adolescent clients
This guidebook is designed to assist national and district health managers, as well as managers and staff at health facilities, to assess the quality of their services for adolescents and young people in relation to the list of adolescent-friendly characteristics. This assessment will help managers and staff identify where their services and systems are already “adolescent-friendly” and will suggest where and how improvements can be made