Adolescents often choose the private sector to access their services. To ensure that private providers are ready to receive them without judgement, Rutgers and DKT International have co-created a training module for midwives on adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health. The training module is delivered by DKT’s master midwife trainers and includes two sessions: one on attitudes from medical staff towards young people accessing services and the other on adolescents’ and young people’s ability to choose for themselves.
Ned: “This training was highly needed. Studies show that adolescents and youth are often reluctant to access contraception at health facilities where they may encounter a lack of privacy, biased providers and limited contraceptive options. Another issue that we see is that medical staff, including midwives, are not necessarily aware of the laws governing access to SRH services for adolescents and young people in their countries.”
Ado Avance Ensemble will increase knowledge of existing legislation on adolescents’ and young people’s access to SRH in the five programme countries, by producing informative posters (to be displayed in clinics) during year two of the programme. Ned:
“Knowledge and clarity about the law is crucial. It will make medical staff more comfortable and confident when it comes to explaining the family planning options that young people have in their countries.”