We are delighted to announce that our ‘Our Youth Our Future’ programme has been nominated as a finalist in the Big Impact Award category in the Third Sector Excellence Awards. The annual Third Sector Awards are prestigious awards run in the UK by Third Sector, the UK’s leading media outlet for the non-profit sector.
Since 2014, when we started the programme, we have supported the Department of Health in South Africa to strengthen health services for adolescents and young people across 23 health facilities, working with each facility for a whole year. In 2017 we are working with 43 facilities.
The award is particularly focused on our work in the past year. During this time our teams worked alongside approximately 450 healthcare professionals in 15 health facilities. These facilities had a catchment of more than 205,000 young people. Through targeted mentoring and teaching we supported teams to transform services available to all young people in their communities.
By measuring performance throughout the programme against 10 Department of Health standards and 244 indicators we could track progress and identify areas to improve. At baseline, the average score across all facilities was 51%. At the end, the average was 97%. Behind these scores are new, targeted activities which transform health services for adolescents.
We are very proud that our work has been recognised. To be finalists in these awards is a credit to our team in South Africa who carry out this work with total commitment every day. They are, together with the health workers we work alongside, excited and re-energised to work together to build a better future for adolescents and youth in South Africa. We would also like to extend our thanks to the Department of Health in KwaZulu-Natal, and all of our partners and funders who are important partners in enabling us to improve health outcomes for adolescents and youth in South Africa.