Youth Friendly Services
Country of Operation
- Reproductive Health Association of Cambodia (RHAC)Not-for-profit
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
- Lower-middle income (20-40%)
- Middle-income (40-60%)
- Higher middle-income (60-80%)
- High-income (80-100%)
SummaryYouth Friendly Services is a special clinical service that has been implemented by Reproductive Health Association of Cambodia (RHAC) since 2007 to improve the health of the youth in Cambodia.
Cultural and custom barriers in the developing world generally position youth to be peripheral to reproductive and HIV/AIDS services, even though they are one of the demographic groups most likely to contract sexual diseases. This combined with limited access to reproductive health and HIV/AIDS services and information leads youth to be even more prone to contract sexual and reproductive health issues. The initiation of the Youth Friendly Services hopes to tackle this dilemma by establishing special care deliveries that are accessible and available for youth, mainly those who are at high risk of contracting sexual and reproductive health problems.
Key program components
Youth Friendly Services delivers a wide range of special sexual and reproductive healthcare services including family planning, reproductive tract infection treatment, voluntary counseling and testing (VCT), emergency contraceptives, antenatal and postnatal care, rape victim care and support, and premarital screening for HIV/AIDS. The services are delivered at subsidized prices for youth. In additional to medical training, the clinic staff is specially trained on skills in communicating and dealing with youth. Clinic facilities are specially designed to create an enabling environment, primarily focusing on assuring confidentiality and privacy. Besides creating a physically enabling environment, RHAC through its staff also engages local authority, school teachers, parents and other relevant stakeholders to participate in the implementation of the project. All stakeholders are trained on the relationship between youth, and sexual and reproductive health, and engaged in the development and implementation of a work plan towards youth health. Through its NGO networks and peer educators, the female and male youths are referred to seek health care at the Youth Friendly Services. Recently, these special care services have covered approximately 615,000 young people in community and schools.