Lack of medicines and human resources hamper health services for adolescents: study

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December 14, 2021 4:44:27 p.m.

Although the service environment of adolescent health centers across the country has improved, lack of medicines and human resources remain a challenge, according to a new study.

The accountability and responsiveness of service providers at adolescent-friendly health service centers positively increased in terms of improving adolescent health, the study published on Sunday added.

According to the report, most adolescents, both boys and girls, expressed satisfaction with the behavior of service providers. However, respondents and service providers also suggested separate waiting rooms for boys and girls to provide privacy for adolescent clients.

Plan International Bangladesh and its partner organization Aparajeyo Bangladesh shared the results at a results sharing event held in Dhaka as part of the ‘Y-Moves’ project. The organizations conducted a community scorecard survey in 26 functioning adolescent-friendly health service centers in Bangladesh.

Civil Society Organization and Youth Engagement for Sustainability (YES Bangladesh) conducted separate meetings with service recipients (adolescents and youth) and service providers using community dashboards and service provider dashboards in May 2021 and November 2021.

This report presents findings and observations from 26 Adolescent Friendly Health Service Corner (AFHSC) selective qualitative data collection using scorecards. A total of 876 adolescents participated in the scorecard intervention during this period. Among them, men are 311 and women 565.

The report indicates that the monitoring of the district family planning office and the upazilla family planning office increased during the period. Participants shared their satisfaction regarding the improvement of waiting rooms, drinking water facilities and separate toilets for girls and boys.

However, in many centers there were no separate toilets for boys and girls.

Dr. Mohammed Sharif, Director (MCH-Services) and Line Manager (MCRAH), DGFP, addressed the event as the chief guest.

He said, “The outcome of the survey on this dashboard will help strengthen government oversight from district and sub-district offices. The government has started to establish 592 Model Union Health and Family Welfare Centers. Following the model, other centers will be created throughout the country. These centers will ensure better health care services.

He also added that Covid-19 has brought a unique challenge in the adolescent health sector where providing a general health care service has become far too difficult.

Program Director of the Directorate General of Family Planning, Md Jaynal Haque, said, “We are working to improve health services for adolescents and young people. Adolescent-friendly health care is a new addition to the family planning sector. »

Afroz Mahal, acting country director of Plan International Bangladesh, said citizens and CSOs have a bigger role to play.

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