Service policy

The current Adolescent Health service policy and strategy (2016-2020) has 8 strategic Objectives which reflects some of Ghana’s new health commitments
Like the newly agreed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

  • The Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2015-2030) which is aligned to the SDGs (EWEC 2015)
  • The Global Accelerated Action for the Health of Adolescents (AA-HA!): implementation guidance of 2016
  • The goal of the Policy is to enhance the health status and quality of life of adolescents and young people in Ghana, to contribute towards realization of their full potential in national development through mainstreaming information and responsive health services

The 8 strategic objectives are:

  1. access to information on health and health services relevant to the specific needs of adolescents and young people to enable them make informed decisions
  2. Build capacity of health service providers and support staff to enable them have the required knowledge, skills and a positive attitude towards the provision of effective adolescent and youth responsive services at all levels.
  3. Improve access to specified package of health services that are of high quality, gender sensitive, disability-responsive in an appropriate environment at all levels.
  4. Develop and advocate for relevant enabling environment including protective health policies, and legislative framework to support the provision of AYRHS at all service delivery and management points.
  5. Promote partnership and inter-sectoral collaboration among adolescent and youth groups, relevant institutions and communities in the provision and utilization of Adolescent and Youth Responsive Health Service
  6. Develop innovative strategies to address financial barriers for AYRHS.
  7. Strengthen Research for evidence-informed policies and interventions
  8. Strengthen management, leadership and support systems for AYRHS

Info Pack

A booklet that treats different topics and issues concerning the health and development of adolescents. It is recommended for adolescents and young people, parents, guardians as well as teachers.

Youth Action Kit

The Youth Action Kit is a facilitator’s guide/tool that can be used as an educational material for the youth on 5 life skills building activities meant to empower young people with information and practices on contraceptives use, and accessing youth friendly family planning services.

It uses role play, group participation and scenarios from the Trigger Sketches Manual, as part of encouraging the youth to take charge of their physical, psychological and sexual wellbeing, when they become sexually active. In using this Youth Action Kit, youth participants will learn about Decision making, Knowing Yourself, Sex Choices and Consequence, and Best Response Games.

This Youth Action Kit is an instructional step-by-step guide for the facilitators of youth groups, gatherings or any small group discussions and the Participants carry out each activity in a way that would maximize time, and also help achieve the goals of the subject area in the activity.

Adolescent Health Job Aid for Primary Health Care Providers

The National Standard for Adolescent-Friendly Health Services recognises that capacity-building is essential for quality delivery of adolescent health care services. In line with this, the Ghana Health Service adapted the Job Aid developed by The World Health Organisation (WHO) and is attuned to our local conditions and environment. This manual was designed to provide primary health care service providers with step-by-step guidance to manage common adolescent health and development conditions in a way that is more effective, sensitive and appropriate to adolescents’ needs

Training Manual for Health Service Providers

This manual is used as a reference material for the preparation of presentations among others for the training of health managers and frontline service providers as well as other relevant stakeholders in Adolescent Health and Development.

Training Manual for Health Ambassadors

This manual is developed to guide young trainers or facilitators (15-24 years) for training their peers, as health ambassadors of the Adolescent Health Clubs in their schools and communities. It is one of the resources developed by the Adolescent Health Programme of the Ghana Health Service to empower young people as advocates of Sexual and Reproductive Health.

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