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Youth friendly health services in multiple perspectives

M. Wegelin, E. Miedema, A. van der Kwaak, K. ‘T ‘Hooft, H. Ormel

Half of the world’s population is under 25 and 1.8 billion is between 10-25 years of age. Enabling young people to attain a good quality of life and health, and especially sexual and reproductive health, is of the utmost priority. Not only is it critical to young people themselves, it is also of vital important in terms of attaining broader development goals related to education, poverty alleviation and gender equity

This concept note examines existing standards, guidelines and tools for youth friendly health services (YFHS) with a view to assessing the degree of consensus with regard to the features deemed essential in order for a health service to qualify as youth friendly. In addition, the note reviews instruments used to guide the development of youth friendly health services, identifies apparent gaps in current tools and services. Following the analysis of instruments and standards, an intervention logic is provided for the design, delivery and assessment of YFH services.

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