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National Standards and Minimum Service Package for Adolescent and Youth-Friendly Health Services in Nigeria

Federal Ministry of Health Country Resources Child and Youth General Health Policies, Laws, Strategies & Plans, Service Standards Nigeria 1 January 2013 Policy document service standards

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This document aims to address the deficit in the past approach, as it was developed with input from a wide group of stakeholders across the health sector, and has clear performance focus as well as identify what quality means in practice and what it will take to translate quality-standard statements into tangible improvements in quality and coverage of AYFHS. The standards are also expected to address the low rate of utilisation of available health services by young people as it will make services more acceptable to young people.

The standard responds to the criteria specified by WHO in its quality framework for adolescent
friendly health services2; these specify that AYFHS must be:
1. Accessible: Adolescents are able to obtain the services that are available.
2. Acceptable: Health services are provided in ways that meet the expectations of
adolescent clients.
3. Equitable: All adolescents, not just certain groups, are able to obtain the health
services they need.
4. Appropriate: The health services that adolescents need are provided to them.
5. Effective: The right health services are provided in the right way and make a positive
contribution to the health of adolescents.


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