The Assessment of Adolescent and Youth-Friendly Health Services in the East and Southern Africa Region

The Assessment of Adolescent and Youth-Friendly Health Services in the East and Southern Africa Region

(2015-2017) was undertaken with the purpose of conducting a review of existing adolescent and youth-friendly health services (AYFHS) guidelines, protocols and standards, and assessing how they are implemented in 23 countries of the East and Southern Africa (ESA) region. The specific objectives were to:

  • Review AYFHS guidelines and standards in 23 ESA countries against World Health Organization’s (WHO), International Planned Parenthood Federation’s (IPPF) and other international standards developed and used in the public health, private and non-for-profit health systems.
  • Assess the status of AYFHS implementation in the ESA region, how guidelines and standards are being applied to improve the quality and coverage of services, and both negative and positive factors affecting the provision of services.
  • Identify and document promising practices for the implementation of the AYFHS guidelines and standards in selected countries.
  • Based on the findings above, provide recommendations for improving and scaling up AYFHS in the ESA region.