In 2016, we started a new programme in the Zululand district of KwaZulu-Natal Province. During the year we will be working with staff in five health facilities to build skills, knowledge and capacity to provide high quality services to adolescents and youth. The programme Our Youth – Our Future provides a structured programme of mentoring, assessment, teaching and quality improvement cycle implementation to enable clinics to be accredited as Adolescent and Youth Friendly Services. It goes beyond the standard AYFS package of support, to incorporate essential skills and knowledge of HIV treatment and prevention, and sexual and reproductive health.

The programme runs for one calendar year; enabling facility teams to assess their strengths and challenges, identify potential actions to improve their services, and implement all essential components of the AYFS package. Baseline, interim and exit assessments are undertaken in partnership with key District Management Team members to enable clinics and managers to develop the skills required to assess progress and replicate the model in other facilities.