Teens Health Quarters (THQ)
Country of Operation
- Foundation for Adolescent Development (FAD)Not-for-profit
- David and Lucille Packard FoundationNot-for-profit
- UNFPAForeign aid agency or multilateral organization
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
- Lower-middle income (20-40%)
- Middle-income (40-60%)
- Higher middle-income (60-80%)
- High-income (80-100%)
SummaryTeen Health Quarters (THQ) is a social franchise of teen centers in the Philippines that provides youth with information and education about sexual reproductive health as well as medical services all in one setting.
The intention is to make sexuality and reproductive health information and services accessible to young people 15 to 24 years old, regardless of marital status. It was set up after surveys taken suggested an increase in the cases of teenage pregnancy and activities such as smoking and drinking alcohol.
Key program components
The Teens HealthQuarters (THQs) is a franchise model implemented through partnerships between FAD and various NGOs and local governments. The THQ is designed as a community-based center that provides a comprehensive and holistic approach to youth development and sexual and reproductive health. The centers provide medical services, information, and education, programs on forming values, counseling, and referrals. The standardized medical services combine both general health check-ups such as dental care, skin care, blood typing and weight management together with reproductive and sexual health assessments such as pregnancy tests, pap smear, STI management, Hepatitis-B vaccination and even circumcision. Without waiting for the youth to visit the THQ, they network with school-based programs and bring the information-education services to school campuses. As part of the franchise arrangement, FAD seeks to standardize operations, training, promotion, monitoring, and evaluation of THQ. THQ offers staff and volunteer training through its standard self-directed learning (SDL) modules.
To help staff take advantage of every opportunity to market services, THQ developed a training video and guide on suggestive selling. THQ Educational Services are provided either through standardized enter-educate videos with discussion guides or educational class sessions without the facility of a video. The Educational Class Session Plan (ECSP) is an integral component of the THQ delivery of services as it contains all the general information, policies, and procedures that the facilitator needs in order to deliver an effective educational class to target audience. In partnership with "barangay" (neighborhood) officials, the project has been implemented in three urban poor communities in Manila (Binondo, Santa Ana, and Pandacan) and in two rapidly urbanizing sites (Alapan and Anabu) in Imus, Cavite. There were greater than 7000 youths (2001-2002)