Health Services

Adolescent-friendly health services are crucial for ensuring the well-being of adolescents worldwide. Many youth in need of sexual and reproductive health care may either decline or be denied access to health services for a variety of reasons: Providers are often biased and do not feel comfortable serving youth who are sexually active; youth do not feel comfortable accessing existing services because they are not "youth-friendly" and may not meet their needs; and, often, community members do not feel that youth should have access to sexual and reproductive health services. Without youth-friendly and youth-safe services, adolescents are less likely to access health services, and instead to rely on outside, and often unreliable, methods for gathering information and securing access to contraception and/or treatment.

This section contains resources pertaining to Advocacy, Program Implementation, and Research about health services for VYAs. 

Resources