1 March 2011

Nigeria: AHI Commissions Youth Friendly Clinics in Edo State

With support from the T. Y Danjuma Foundation, Action Health Incorporated (AHI) has commissioned two youth-friendly clinics at Ugbekun and Oredo Primary Health Care Centres, in Benin, Edo State.

The land mark event heralds a system of service provision that adopts adolescent friendly policies such as privacy and confidentiality,friendly health care providers and support staff, friendly health facilities, appropriate and comprehensive services that address each adolescent's physical; social and psychological health amongst others.

The clinics which are designed to be accessible and affordable to the youths was also aimed at advancing the health and well-being of young people in the state.

Speaking at the official commissioning event, Prince Ekpen Ray Erediauwa, Chairman Oredo Local Government Area, Edo State, solicited the support of all stakeholders in ensuring the successful implementation of the project in the area while Hon. Bobby Ekhoragbon representative of Ikpoba-Okha LGA Chairman said that the location of the facility is strategic due to the population density of the area.

According to AHI's Executive Director, Mrs. Adenike Esiet, stated:"Young people aged 10-19 years account for over 20 per cent of Nigeria's total population and they are an important force to reckon with in securing Nigeria's overall development now and in the future.

However, they face significant challenges as they navigate the transition from childhood to adulthood especially around issues of sexual health and development".

She said the Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) of adolescents should be a major concern to all. "While every young person has the right to quality health care services, many in need of SRH services are either refused or denied access to SRH services for a variety of economic and socio-cultural reasons:they are too poor to pay for the services, health care providers are biased and do not feel comfortable serving youth who are sexually active; they do not feel comfortable accessing existing services because they are not "youth-friendly" and community members do not feel that young people should have access to sexual and reproductive health services.

In bridging this gap therefore, Action Heath Incorporated (AHI), has been at the forefront of promoting youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services to young people.

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