Rapid Assessment of perception on characteristics of Youth Friendly Service among Young People, 2007

March 27, 2016

Executive Summary of the report

This study was carried out as an extension task of working out details on the view of stakeholders in the process of preparing the national standards on the services and programmes intended for Young People.

This rapid assessment of perception of characteristics of YFS among Young People was conducted to find out the view of Young People about the characteristics of the health services intended to them. This study was carried out in 3 districts namely Dhading, Lalitpur and Sindhupalanchok considering the Young People who study in secondary level.

A total of 529 Young People from different schools of three districts participated in the study. The districts were randomly selected from the entire districts in the central region. The schools in the rural and urban area were than selected purposively. The participants were selected randomly till they fulfilled the quota of 11 students from a class. They were provided with self administered questionnaire.

Ninety four percent of them said they need separate rooms for providing services to them. Only one in ten Young People are willing to pay the actual cost of the service and 43.33% of them want the services to be free of cost. Most of the respondents (87.55%) think some degree of the parents’ involvement and some degree of youth involvement (95.77%) were necessary for planning the programme targeted to the Young People. Less male than female said it was very necessary to involve parents in YFS.

The Young People prioritized full set of medical equipments (84.8%) followed by provision of safe drinking water (67.8%) as the basic requirement of the room providing service. Eighty two percentages of them wanted clean surroundings around health institution. The female did not prioritize the availability of the game materials while more than one in five male respondents wanted game material and playground in the health institution that provided youth friendly services. Ideally, a waiting room should have enough sitting space (73.4%). The health workers should keep all the records confidential (67.83%) and provision for the separate room (66.28%) in health institution can ensure privacy according to the respondents.

It was concluded that rural urban and sex differences should be taken in consideration while establishing Youth friendly services and preparing programmes intended to them.

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