Adolescent Friendly Health ClinicCounselling services for adolescent on important health areas such as nutrition, puberty, RTI/STI prevention and contraception and delaying marriage and child bearing are being provided through recruitment and training of dedicated counsellors.
Counselling on nutrition, menstrual disorders, personal hygiene, menstrual hygiene, use of sanitary napkins, use of contraceptives, sexual concerns, depression, sexual abuse, gender violence, substance misuse and promoting healthy behavior to prevent non communicable diseases.
To delay first pregnancy, decrease teenage pregnancies and meet contraceptive needs of adolescents is an important mandate of the Adolescent Health Programme. Counselling on contraception and provision for emergency contraceptives and reversible contraceptives to prevent unwanted pregnancy and to delay teenage pregnancy will be provided at the AFHC. The pregnant adolescents are guided for early antenatal registration and ensure institutional delivery in order to prevent antenatal and postnatal complications. Outreach activities on Village Health and Nutrition day and health education sessions in school and community on appropriate age of marriage and adverse health consequences of teenage pregnancy are also organised. - Reduction in maternal deaths among adolescent girls- AFHCs provide management of anaemia through iron supplementation and nutritional counselling. Through appropriate health facility referrals, early and safe abortion services are provided to adolescents.
Reduction in incidence of sexually transmitted diseases and proportion of HIV positive cases in adolescents- Trained Medical officers at AFHC provide early treatment of common Reproductive tract infections / sexually transmitted infections. The health functionaries will ensure confidentiality, treatment compliance, partner management and follow-up. Linkage and referral to ICTC facilities is established to prevent HIV infections. Management of menstrual disorders, addressing sexual concerns of adolescence is ensured at appropriate level of facility.
|Mr. Sudipta Satpathy||Counsellor|