Adolescence is a vulnerable phase in human development as it represents a transition from childhood to physical and psychological maturity. During this period, adolescents learn and develop knowledge and skills to deal with critical aspects of their health and development while their bodies mature. With about 38 million persons in Nigeria falling between the ages of 10 and 19, which represents 22.3% of the total population, Universal Health Coverage is unlikely to be achieved without prioritizing adolescent health policy and programming.
To assist the policy reviews, a national situation analysis was commissioned in April 2018 to determine the knowledge, attitudes and perceptions of adolescents 10-19yrs with regards to available health services. It also sought to determine their unique health needs, as well as where they are currently accessing services. Inclusive policy is needed that guarantees every adolescent’s fundamental human rights. This requires going beyond meeting the needs as articulated by the average adolescent but also assessing and meeting the needs of those that live on the fringes of society, the marginalized, underserved and often invisible adolescent .
In view of this, a barrier analysis was done in June 2018 to determine the barriers in accessing healthcare by underserved adolescents 10-19yrs. It also sought to determine some priority underserved adolescent groups and highlight the barriers they experience while trying to access health care in Nigeria. Upon conclusion of the analysis, findings were prioritized and draft recommendations were made. Consequently, a stakeholders meeting was organized by the Federal Ministry of Health and World Health Organization in conjunction with PrestonAssociates for International Development, Abuja on the 1st of November, 2018 to; agree on the findings identified and prioritized, jointly derive recommendations with the draft recommendation serving as a guide and plan for the state domestication of the finalized Adolescent Health policy. The resolutions from this meeting would be fed into the larger policy and which would undergo validation as one single all-inclusive Adolescent Health Policy document.
Here are some pictures from the stakeholders meeting.
Participant registering for the stakeholders meeting.
Lead Consultant Preston Associates, Dr. Nkem Ene with the chairman of the meeting, Head GASHE Division, FMoH- Dr Christopher Ugboko.
Dr. Nkem Ene giving a presentation on the barrier assessment.
A participant giving his view during the discourse.
A cross-section of participants.
Participants brainstorming during the group session.
Follow this link to read the WHO article https://afro.who.int/pt/node/10397
Should you need further information please contact the personnel below:
Dr Nkemdilim Ene
Preston Associates for International Development
1854, Mahathir Mohammed Street, Asokoro, Abuja.