Adolescence is a crucial period of psychological and biological changes, and only second to early childhood in the rate and extent of developmental change. A statement from the World Health Organization (WHO) Representative included that adolescents, like all people from all age groups, should be given every opportunity to realize their rights to attain the highest standards of health and well-being, so that they will contribute to greater social and economic development. It is not sufficient that they survive; they should be ensured health and well-being (thrive); and ensured an enabling environment so that they will lead productive lives (transform).
In April 2000, the Department of Health’s (DOH) Administrative Order 34-A, s. 2000 created the Adolescent and Youth Health Sub-program under the Children’s Health Cluster of the Family Health Office. It was followed in 2006 by the creation of a Technical Committee composed of government and non-government organizations who was tasked to revitalize the program.
The medical students aim to establish a collaborative approach in establishing, planning strategies, and forging linkages with different sectors to achieve its results. The solution is focused on improving the health status of adolescents,
In recent years, issues such as early pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, including HIV and AIDS, substance use disorders, violence, and mental illness threatened to derail the vision of adolescents becoming healthy and productive citizens of this country.
HEALTH PROBLEM: ABSENCE OF AN ADOLESCENT HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
General Objective: To establish a functional system that will initiate strategies of the of the Department of Health’s Adolescent Health and Development Program in Barangay Sinai, Sergio Osmena, Zamboanga del Norte by the year 2019
- 151 Adolescents aged 10-19 as of October 2018
- 17 are Out of School Youth
- 48% are not aware of the Alternative Learning System
- Absence of an adolescent health-based facility
- Teenage pregnancy
- Alcoholic drinkers
- To establish MediSinai Wellness Center, an accredited health-based facility for adolescents.
- To increase the number of Out of School Youth enrollees in the Alternative Leaning System.
- To increase smoking cessation for adolescents.
- To increase the knowledge and practices of adolescents regarding effects of alcohol consumption.
- To increase the knowledge of adolescents regarding consequences of drug use.
- To expand teenage pregnancy detection and referral.
STRATEGIES AND ACTIVITIES
STRATEGY 1: ESTABLISHMENT OF INTER-SECTORAL LINKAGES
- Present project proposal to the Municipal Health Officer (MHO)
- Coordinate with barangay officials about the proposed MediSinai Wellness Center.
- Consult the Department of Health (DOH) Region IX regarding the accreditation process for an Adolescent-friendly facility.
- Meet with the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) to gather suggestions for the program
- Organize a multisectoral working group for the development of AHDP.
- Collaborate with Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Department of Education (DepEd) for the discussion of the present ALS and future plans
STRATEGY 2: CREATION OF MEDISINAI WELLNESS CENTER
- Conduct a fundraising activity to finance the creation of the Wellness Center.
- Present a project proposal to LGU and NGOs.
- Coordinate with DOH for acquisition of adolescent health-related IEC materials.
- Renovate the former Barangay hall into the MediSinai Wellness Center
- Establish schedule of activities for the Wellness Center.
STRATEGY 3: HEALTH EDUCATION
- Coordinate with the MHO and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) for assistance in Substance Abuse Symposium
- Gather adolescents for a focus group discussion on reproductive health topics.