Youth friendly services in uThukela
Haviland Clinic was identified by the DoH as one of the clinics where the programme would be piloted. During the ten month pilot, our team worked with Mr. Mabaso (Operations Manager) and his team to introduce youth friendly services.
There are number of important improvements that CHIVA Africa helped implement which have been highlighted by Mr. Mabaso as having been hugely successful:
- The clinic is now integrated and linked with other youth groups in schools, NGO’s and communities at large, which was not the case before CHIVA SA introduced the possibility.
- Many more young people are visiting the clinic because staff are better equipped on how to approach and talk to them.
- Children coming directly from school are treated first and are therefore able to go back to school immediately. Those who need appointments are booked for the weekend.
“The launch (of the CHIVA SA Adolescent programme) and support thereafter are proof of a job well done. I personally benefitted a lot when I was given guidance and input on my dream project of campaigning to bring both older and young to health facilities. One does not always need formal training but best mentoring and positive attitude at Haviland Clinic is a proof of CHIVA SA achievement where there was no hope.” Mr Mabaso.
With the pilot now complete, we have the support of the district health team to extend the programme into further districts of KwaZulu Natal. We have already initiated a new programme in uMzinyathi and further districts will be prioritised with the Department of Health once funding is secured.