Visualisation tool: To assess ‘Youth-friendliness of Health Services’

To improve young people’s SRHR, three visualisation tools have been developed by the University of Amsterdam (UvA) in partnership with the Her Choice Programme, one of them is to assess Youth-friendliness of Health Services.

The development and evaluation of the use of the tool has been funded through two small grants of Share-Net International. This tool have been implemented in the Her Choice programme countries in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Youth-friendly Health Services (YFHS) tool:

This tool scores different dimensions of health services to assess whether they can be considered youth friendly. The tool was developed to provide a participatory means of assessment, and one which assumed little advance or specialised knowledge on the part of the users. In the case of the Her Choice progamme, the latter was important for a) Her Choice partners, who were mostly more experienced in the fields of education and child protection, and less in the field of health care, and b) local health services, who initially had little awareness of what might be required to increase their youth-friendliness. The tool was thus designed as a spring board and to facilitate discussion of basic aspects of youth-friendly services. In this case too, existing standards were drawn on as well as experiences of Her Choice partners themselves.

Download: Youth-friendly Health Services (YFHS) tool

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