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Reprod Health Matters. 2001 May;9(17):160-9.

Working with public sector clinics to provide adolescent-friendly services in South Africa.

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  • 1Reproductive Health Research Unit, Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, PO Bertsham 2013, Soweto, South Africa.


Health care facilities can play an important role for adolescents in preventing health problems, in promoting sexual and reproductive health and in shaping positive behaviours. Extensive research has established that South African public health facilities are failing to provide adolescent-friendly health services. The National Adolescent-Friendly Clinic Initiative (NAFCI) is an accreditation programme designed to improve the quality of adolescent health services at the primary care level and strengthen the public sector's ability to respond to adolescent health needs. The key objectives of the programme are to make health services more accessible and acceptable to adolescents, establish national standards and criteria for adolescent health care in clinics throughout the country, and build the capacity of health care workers to provide quality services. One of the indicators for success of NAFCI will be increased utilisation of public sector clinics by adolescents. NAFCI is an integral component of the largest, most innovative, public health programme ever launched in South Africa, loveLife. Achieving NAFCI accreditation involves clinic self-appraisals, quality improvements, external assessments and award of achievement stars. NAFCI is currently being piloted in ten government clinics in South Africa.

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