Disease and health seeking patterns among adolescents in Uganda

Disease and health seeking patterns among adolescents in Uganda Adolescents in Uganda have a heavy burden of disease mainly from STD's, HIV and effects of unwanted pregnancy. Currently there are initiatives to address this problem. This paper presents results of a project which piloted a package of adolescent health services with the aim of identifying the best approach for providing quality, accessible, and affordable adolescent friendly services. Objective: The main objective of the study was to evaluate the impact of adolescentfriendly health services piloted in the Jinja district Uganda. The specific objectives were to assess adolescents' knowledge, attitudes, and practices related to access and utilization of adolescent friendly services; to assess the perceptions and skills of health workers; and to identify options for scaling up services and sustainability of such services. Methods: A KAP (Knowledge, Attitude and Practice) study was conducted among adolescents and service providers at eight health units. Four of the health units had implemented a package of adolescent friendly services, while four other health units had not implemented the package, but were comparable in terms of level of service delivery, catchment size and population characteristics. A structured questionnaire and in-depth interviews were used to collect data. Results: A total of 128 adolescents and 42 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health de Gruyter

Disease and health seeking patterns among adolescents in Uganda

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de Gruyter
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Copyright © 2003 by the
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0334-0139
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2191-0278
DOI
10.1515/IJAMH.2003.15.2.105
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Abstract

Adolescents in Uganda have a heavy burden of disease mainly from STD's, HIV and effects of unwanted pregnancy. Currently there are initiatives to address this problem. This paper presents results of a project which piloted a package of adolescent health services with the aim of identifying the best approach for providing quality, accessible, and affordable adolescent friendly services. Objective: The main objective of the study was to evaluate the impact of adolescentfriendly health services piloted in the Jinja district Uganda. The specific objectives were to assess adolescents' knowledge, attitudes, and practices related to access and utilization of adolescent friendly services; to assess the perceptions and skills of health workers; and to identify options for scaling up services and sustainability of such services. Methods: A KAP (Knowledge, Attitude and Practice) study was conducted among adolescents and service providers at eight health units. Four of the health units had implemented a package of adolescent friendly services, while four other health units had not implemented the package, but were comparable in terms of level of service delivery, catchment size and population characteristics. A structured questionnaire and in-depth interviews were used to collect data. Results: A total of 128 adolescents and 42

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International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Healthde Gruyter

Published: Apr 1, 2003

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