Adolescent Friendly Health Services in India: A Need of the Hour
Abstract: Adolescents account for almost one third of India's population. They are prone to suffer from reproductive and sexual health, nutritional, mental and behavioral problems. Health services which cater exclusively to the needs of adolescents are scanty and concentrated in urban areas. Adolescent Friendly Health Services (AFHS) which provide a broad range of preventive, promotive and curative services under one roof can help to ensure improved availability, accessibility and utilization of health services. AFHS is being initiated by governmental, private and non-governmental organizations. Lessons to improve the quality of AFHS could be further learnt from evaluation of pilot projects and success stories of similar initiatives in other countries.