With high rates of early marriage, especially among girls, a significant proportion of adolescents in Bangladesh need sexual and reproductive health services (SRH), including contraceptive information. To address this gap and ensure that adolescents throughout the country, including unmarried adolescents, have access to SRH services through public health facilities, the Maternal and Child Health Services Unit of the Directorate General of Family Planning, with financial and technical assistance from development partners, has begun establishing Adolescent Friendly Health Corners (AFHCs) at selected government facilities at district and union levels. The Evidence Project/Population Council was asked to assess the implementation of the first of these AFHCs, including their performance and quality of services, to inform the effective scale-up of the model around the country. This report presents findings from a qualitative study of 10 AFHCs, with recommendations for improving the initiative going forward. The study found that unmarried adolescent girls are using AFHCs and that users expressed satisfaction with service providers. However, the study also noted limited awareness of AFHCs and a number of challenges associated with the physical setup of the facilities.
Ainul, Sigma, Iqbal Ehsan, Tasmiah Tanjeen, and Laura Reichenbach. 2017. "Adolescent Friendly Health Corners (AFHCs) in selected government health facilities in Bangladesh: An early qualitative assessment," Research report. Dhaka: Population Council, The Evidence Project.
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