Adolescent health – Surround Health http://surroundhealth.net/ Wed, 14 Sep 2022 11:20:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://surroundhealth.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-68-120x120.png Adolescent health – Surround Health http://surroundhealth.net/ 32 32 MOHW tackles adolescent health and development https://surroundhealth.net/mohw-tackles-adolescent-health-and-development/ Wed, 14 Sep 2022 11:20:00 +0000 https://surroundhealth.net/mohw-tackles-adolescent-health-and-development/ by Khaila Gentle BELIZE CITY, Fri September 9, 2022 The Ministry of Health and Welfare has developed and launched a national strategy to address adolescent health and development. The National Adolescent Health Strategic Plan 2019-2030 outlines the steps the ministry will take in what Dr Natalia Beer calls a holistic approach to adolescent wellbeing that […]]]>

by Khaila Gentle

BELIZE CITY, Fri September 9, 2022

The Ministry of Health and Welfare has developed and launched a national strategy to address adolescent health and development. The National Adolescent Health Strategic Plan 2019-2030 outlines the steps the ministry will take in what Dr Natalia Beer calls a holistic approach to adolescent wellbeing that goes far beyond illness and health care.

Beer, who is a technical advisor for maternal and child health at the Ministry of Health and Welfare, spoke to the media on Friday and explained that the national strategy took almost three years to develop.

“For a few years before the pandemic hit Belize, the Ministry of Health, in collaboration with other line ministries and partners, we met and worked on the development of the National Strategic Plan for Health teenagers and we finalized it in 2019,” she said.

The plan was successfully developed through a collaborative effort between the Ministry of Health; the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology (MoECST); the Ministry of Human Development, Family and Indigenous Peoples, and a number of youth organizations and United Nations agencies.

“We have three results under the plan. The first is to improve access to services… The second outcome talks about reducing risky behaviors among adolescents, and we know that the most important thing is to increase access to information to help them make decisions. better decisions. And then the last one is about the safe and nurturing environments where teenagers grow up,” Dr Beer said.

Adolescents, or those between the ages of ten and nineteen, make up almost a quarter of the country’s population and, according to a UNICEF report, they are particularly underserved by health programs in Belize. The new strategic plan aims to address this as well as many critical health issues, such as mental health, teenage pregnancy, sexual and gun violence, and traffic accidents, to name a few- one. It also seeks to improve opportunities for positive adolescent development and also focuses on the areas of education, sports, and several others.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Belize is among the first countries to develop a national adolescent health strategic plan under the guidance of the United Nations Accelerating Action for Adolescent Health Strategy. WHO.

One of the highlights of developing the plan, Dr. Beer said, is that teenagers from across the country were involved in formulating the plan.

“We held consultations with them, and then we heard from them what their problems were. We heard from them about possible recommendations to address these issues, and that’s how we came up with the plan. So the plan is put together in such a way that when the teenager reads the document, they go through it from start to finish, because it’s about adolescence,” she said.

According to Dr Beer, the plan has been developed in such a way that it can be seen as a living document, which can be revisited after 2030 to allow further planning for the future.

The full National Adolescent Health Strategic Plan 2019-2030 can be viewed on the UNICEF website at https://www.unicef.org/belize/reports/adolescent-health-national- strategic-plan-2019-2030.

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Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (MNCAH) Advisor – USAID Sierra Leone Strengthening Integrated Health Services Activity (SIHSA) – Sierra Leone https://surroundhealth.net/maternal-newborn-child-and-adolescent-health-mncah-advisor-usaid-sierra-leone-strengthening-integrated-health-services-activity-sihsa-sierra-leone/ Thu, 25 Aug 2022 16:52:17 +0000 https://surroundhealth.net/maternal-newborn-child-and-adolescent-health-mncah-advisor-usaid-sierra-leone-strengthening-integrated-health-services-activity-sihsa-sierra-leone/ IMA World Health, a member of Corus International, is seeking applications for the Maternal, Newborn, Child, and Adolescent Health (MNCAH) Adviser for the Strengthening Integrated Health Services Activity (SIHSA) funded by USAID and funded by the USAID in Sierra Leone. SIHSA’s goal is to contribute to the Government of Sierra Leone’s overarching goal of improving […]]]>

IMA World Health, a member of Corus International, is seeking applications for the Maternal, Newborn, Child, and Adolescent Health (MNCAH) Adviser for the Strengthening Integrated Health Services Activity (SIHSA) funded by USAID and funded by the USAID in Sierra Leone.

SIHSA’s goal is to contribute to the Government of Sierra Leone’s overarching goal of improving the health of adolescents, pregnant and postpartum women, and children under five. The objectives of SIHSA are 1) to sustainably improve the quality of family planning, maternal, newborn, adolescent health and malaria services; 2) promote the adoption of critical health behaviors, and 3) strengthen the stewardship and governance of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, both at central and district levels, so that it is better prepared to plan, budget, allocate resources and monitor health programs. SIHSA seeks to promote the integration of health services, including malaria services, to rapidly scale up evidence-based interventions to address preventable causes of maternal, neonatal, child morbidity and mortality and teenage girls. SIHSA seeks to demonstrate innovative models to catalyze community-driven solutions and show models to promote private sector engagement.

Corus International was formed by the strategic merger of IMA World Health (operating as a public health organization since 1960) and Lutheran World Relief (operating as a livelihoods organization since 1945), and today includes small entities of CGA Technologies, Ground Up Investing, and Farmer’s Market Coffee. Corus International works in over 20 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Latin America, focusing primarily on health, livelihoods and emergency response.

Today, IMA offers extensive expertise in the management and implementation of highly successful and complex donor-funded programs in the areas of nutrition, maternal and child health, health systems strengthening (HSS) , malaria, HIV/AIDS, sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). IMA has managed an average of $100 million per year over the past four fiscal years, through grants and contracts from FCDO, USAID, BHA, CDC, World Bank, Global Fund, UNDP, MCC and private donors.

Based in Freetown, the Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (MNCAH) Advisor will provide overall technical direction, strategic support and operational oversight of the project’s MNCAH interventions. S/he will provide vision and leadership for the country’s scaling up of effective, integrated and sustainable interventions.

The MNCAH Advisor will be based in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Actual hiring is dependent on successful award of agreement and USAID approval. Sierra Leonean nationals and female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Functions:

  • Implementation of MNCAH activities, including the coordination of technical assistance from international and national experts.
  • Provide technical leadership to increase access, use, quality and integration of MNCAH services.
  • Provide leadership, management, and technical assistance in the development and use of technical policies and guidelines related to MNCEA improvement.
  • Provide strategic and technical support to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS) in policy development and maternal health interventions.
  • Identify and implement appropriate strategies to address service delivery gaps.
  • Lead the formulation of innovative approaches for scaling up targeted services in hard to reach environments.
  • Monitor MNCAH activities based on the monitoring and evaluation framework and assess whether expected results have been achieved
  • Provide regular reports to DCOP and programmatic and technical staff, including successes, challenges and lessons learned
  • Work closely with partners to plan activities and respond to requests for support from local partners and USAID. Liaise with other organizations and projects working in the MNCAH.
  • Promote and support the development and sharing of best practices and lessons learned with key stakeholders (MS, technical and financial partners and other employees)

Qualifications:

  • A master’s degree or higher in public health or a closely related field is required; a doctor is strongly preferred
  • Minimum of ten (10) years of experience in international health programming, including at least five (5) years of experience in senior clinical/technical positions and experience in design, implementation, delivery and/or management of integrated MNCHA services in a facility and in the community and the public or private sectors.
  • Experience with behavior change communication strategies and activities to improve MNCEA outcomes.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with team, partner organizations and key government stakeholders to achieve results; experience building partnerships, particularly with the Government of Sierra Leone, USAID, NGOs and the private sector an asset.
  • Proven technical knowledge in MNCAH, including knowledge of project indicators, quantitative and qualitative data to monitor overall project performance.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills (including making presentations); high degree of political acumen in interacting with senior government officials and civil society stakeholders.
  • Strong analytical, interpersonal, team management, leadership and decision-making skills, including the ability to communicate effectively and respectfully across cultures.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.

IMA/Corus International prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type and provides equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability status, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by U.S. or international law.

How to register

https://corus.applicantpro.com/jobs/2497161.html

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Perm Sec instructs LASAM stakeholders on child and adolescent health – New Telegraph https://surroundhealth.net/perm-sec-instructs-lasam-stakeholders-on-child-and-adolescent-health-new-telegraph/ Thu, 18 Aug 2022 00:29:25 +0000 https://surroundhealth.net/perm-sec-instructs-lasam-stakeholders-on-child-and-adolescent-health-new-telegraph/ …as newly elected leaders take matters into their own hands In a bid to close the existing gaps that militate against child survival and sometimes lead to unnecessary mortality, the Permanent Secretary of the Lagos State Ministry of Health (LSMOH), Dr. Olusegun Ogboye, has urged all members communities in Lagos to play their role effectively […]]]>

…as newly elected leaders take matters into their own hands

In a bid to close the existing gaps that militate against child survival and sometimes lead to unnecessary mortality, the Permanent Secretary of the Lagos State Ministry of Health (LSMOH), Dr. Olusegun Ogboye, has urged all members communities in Lagos to play their role effectively in order to protect children and adolescents.

He came to prominence at the Lagos State Accountability Mechanism (LASAM) Stakeholder Meeting for Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health + Nutrition (MNCAH+N) held recently in Ikeja, Lagos. According to Ogboye, represented by Dr Folashade Oludara, Director of Family Health and Nutrition at LSMOH, the meeting aimed to ensure that all stakeholders take responsibility for providing, accessing and sustaining quality health services. in Lagos State.

The highlight of the event, organized by LSMOH but co-funded by Evidence 4 Action, Development Outcomes and LSMOH, was the election of key leaders who would run the affairs of the organization. As the Permanent Secretary of LSMOH became the President of LASAM, Dr. Landry Sagbo, the Lagos State Technical Advisor to Development Outcomes was elected Co-Chair. Likewise, Vicky Uremma Onyekuru was elected secretary of LASAM. The meeting was forwarded to lead the next phase of LASAM on Maternal, Child, Newborn and Adolescent Health and Nutrition.

According to Ogboye, who said that henceforth the LASAM meeting would be held quarterly, everyone has a role to play when it comes to fulfilling the responsibility of child and adolescent survival. To that end, he cautioned against placing all of these responsibilities on the shoulders of government alone. .

“Other people who have a role to play are mothers, fathers, parents, mother-in-law, community members, among others. “We want everyone responsible for making sure the child survives to perform their duty.” He said LASAM is not just about government; everyone has the responsibility to ensure that pregnant women carry the fetus to term. Alternatively, Ogboye noted that LASAM should bring out government visibility. It’s LASAM that will speak when people won’t go out to access family planning supplies, for example. Similarly, LASAM publishes dashboards on government activities, which also helps with visibility, he added.

Along the same lines, the Lagos State Reproductive Health Coordinator, Dr. Victoria Omoera, described LASAM as a government committee aimed at improving maternal and child health. According to her, LASAM members devote their time to ensuring that mothers and babies are healthy. To achieve the goals of LASAM, routine data based on United Nations guidelines are used to track and review progress in child development. Some of the key indicators that are tracked to ensure the sustainability of child health include maternal mortality rate, under-5 growth, antenatal care coverage, exclusive breastfeeding rate, among others. “The vision is to have healthy mothers/children and reduce maternal and child mortality. She listed the key groups under LASAM as follows: Evidence Sub-Committee, Advocacy Sub-Committee and Knowledge and Information Management Committee.

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Creating Peer Leaders for Teen Health and Empowerment, Health News, ET HealthWorld https://surroundhealth.net/creating-peer-leaders-for-teen-health-and-empowerment-health-news-et-healthworld/ Tue, 16 Aug 2022 23:35:00 +0000 https://surroundhealth.net/creating-peer-leaders-for-teen-health-and-empowerment-health-news-et-healthworld/ by Mallika Tharakan In many parts of India, girls are denied the opportunity to actualize their potential. Married early, they begin to have children at ages when they are still too young and unprepared to be mothers. According to NFHS-5 data, in India, as many as 23% of girls between the ages of 20 and […]]]>

by Mallika Tharakan

In many parts of India, girls are denied the opportunity to actualize their potential. Married early, they begin to have children at ages when they are still too young and unprepared to be mothers. According to NFHS-5 data, in India, as many as 23% of girls between the ages of 20 and 24 were married before they turned 18. About 6.9% of married girls aged 15-19 gave birth before the age of 21.

With such startling numbers, it’s no wonder that many adolescent girls suffer from poor health and nutrition and limited access to education. Unfortunately, these barriers open up a wide range of disabling gender norms that severely restrict their well-being and development.

The government, on its part, has proactively introduced several health care programs such as the Kishori Shakti Yojana, Balika Samridhi Yojana, Rajiv Gandhi Teen Girls Empowerment Program and Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health Program. Recognizing the importance of schools and the critical role they play in helping students adopt healthy behaviors throughout life, school-based health promotion activities have been incorporated as part of the Health component. and wellness from the Ayushman Bharat program. The school-based health and wellness program was launched in February 2020.

While these measures are highly commendable, most are service- and rights-based and are hampered by the lack of adolescent voice in planning and implementation. The Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram (RKSK), launched in 2014, attempted to fill this gap. The key principles of this program are adolescent participation and leadership, equity and inclusion, gender equity and strategic partnerships with other sectors and stakeholders (teachers, caregivers, parents and other members of the family). It introduces community interventions through peer educators and builds on collaborations with other departments and state governments.

However, two key issues must be considered to ensure the success of any intervention with adolescents.

First, adolescents should not be viewed as a homogenous group. Intervention strategies must be designed to take into account geographic and socio-economic factors. Second, there is a need to recognize adolescents as a group that can lead their own response, also in recognition of the principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) which emphasize the need for participation (of child) to the design of interventions. .

Recognizing the great diversity among adolescents and with the motto of working with the most vulnerable communities, KHPT has also developed a vulnerability framework to help identify the most vulnerable sub-segments within the broader adolescent population on the basis of indicators highlighting their disparities. KHPT has implemented the Sphoorthi program for adolescent girls in one of the most backward pockets of Karnataka, namely Koppal. Sphoorthi is a community-centered model, with a holistic approach that aims to improve the health and well-being of adolescent girls using an empowerment approach. This does not only work with individual girls, as their experience has shown them that it is equally important to pay attention to the contexts in which girls live. Additionally, it is an empowerment-based program that uses a role-modeling approach to create young adolescent leaders who can demonstrate positive attitudes and outlooks and bring about change in their own communities.

When our organization started the Sphoorthi program in Koppal in North Karnataka (in 2018), it was found that 25% of adolescent girls were married before the age of 18, while 10% of girls between the ages of 15 and 19 had started having children. . According to the Public Affairs Index Report (2020), Karnataka ranks low (1.22) on the Gender Parity Index. This means that the situation is much worse and that adolescent girls are at a higher risk of dropping out of school, early marriage and childbirth. After extensive consultations with marginalized adolescent girls in North Karnataka, we identified a clear gap on the ground: the lack of local peer role models to elevate girls’ aspirations and inspire them to stay in school and build a future.

To bring girls into safe spaces where they could exercise their own agency, life skills education sessions, samvadas (dialogues), leadership, communication camps and exposure visits (where they were presented to successful women) were organised. These were key to engendering self-esteem and confidence, helping the girls take control of their lives. The power that emanated from within and gave them the confidence to negotiate with the community and eventually influence them. The intervention revealed that peers influence people’s attitudes, aspirations and behaviors, particularly with regard to schooling. Local role models of adolescent girls and parents who have demonstrated and championed the importance of girls’ education, postponement of marriage, improved nutrition and better hygiene have been created among their peers.

The goal of the project is not only to engage and train adolescent girls and parents as role models who will demonstrate and advocate for the importance and benefits of girls’ education and equitable gender norms among their peers in a district, but to create such role models. in every village in the country to empower adolescent girls and help them claim their right to health and development.

Using these peer leader models, it is easy to focus on creating and empowering role models within communities. In doing so, the program increased their high school completion rates, reduced child marriage rates, and increased nutritional metrics. The role models then transfer the baton of power to their won peers in their villages and the powerful cycle of change and empowerment will continue.

Mallika Tharakan is Manager, Knowledge Management, KHPT

(DISCLAIMER: The views expressed are solely those of the author and ETHealthworld does not necessarily endorse them. ETHealthworld.com shall not be liable for any damage caused to any person/organization directly or indirectly.)

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Indigenous adolescent health in Aotearoa, New Zealand: trends, policies and promoting equity for Māori rangatahi, 2001-2019 https://surroundhealth.net/indigenous-adolescent-health-in-aotearoa-new-zealand-trends-policies-and-promoting-equity-for-maori-rangatahi-2001-2019/ Fri, 12 Aug 2022 05:38:58 +0000 https://surroundhealth.net/indigenous-adolescent-health-in-aotearoa-new-zealand-trends-policies-and-promoting-equity-for-maori-rangatahi-2001-2019/ Age How old are you?Less than 12 years1213141516171819Over 19 Selected age. Those aged 13 and under have been grouped together, as well as those aged 17 and over. Sex How do you describe yourself?I am a boy/a manI am a girl/womanI identify myself in another way Boy/man = manGirl/woman = womanAnother way = Another way2019 […]]]>
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