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ABMS commented on Youth friendly pharmacies

Thank you for your post. Stigmatisation seemed to be a common problem to increase access on contraceptives for youth. An important work should be done at the health facility and also at the pharmacy level. I totally support the strategy. Good luck!

Thank you for sharing this interesting idea. What are the different barriers for young girls to use the menstrual cup? And how about the pricing?

Thank you for your comment.
The number of youth FP/RH services provided have more than tripled in three months, during the pilot (from 24 to 80 youth services per month). The health provider was also invited to participate in the health education at the Academy, and answered to the questions related to sexuality and FP/RH. This has increased the frequentation of the health facilities.

Teaching new skills and having mothers involved in the Academy were important and worked well. The combination of learning new skills such as beading and the health education. While girls work on their crafts, a health educator teaches them about contraception, and the role it can play in protecting their futures.
In addition to the the primary beneficiaires, the Academy targeted their mothers as well. Mom talks engage mothers to learn about contraception, and build buy-in and support for the program. During mom talks, mothers are invited to the youth center to tour the facilities, look at products their daughters have made, and have a conversation about reproductive health and contraception. Moms learn about the same methods their daughters are learning about, and are given the space to ask questions and discuss the role contraception can play in their lives.
One of the challenges is to keep the motivation of the health providers. In one of the health facilities, the motivation and availability of health provider have decreaesed over time. This will be addressed to ensure high quality services and sustainable results.