ADOLESCENT HEALTH & YOUTH DEVELOPMENT (AHYD)
Its KEY ISSUES
- Increasing incidence of teenage or adolescent pregnancy:
- Engagement in Too Early Sexual Activities;
- Engagement in Unprotected Sex;
- Engagement in Sex with Multiple Partners;
- Commercial Sex
- Increasing incidence of HIV / AIDS among the young people
- High Incidence of Violence against young married women
Promote healthy lifestyle and responsible sexuality and assist the youth and adolescents to avoid early sexual engagement, teenage pregnancies, early marriages, sexually transmitted infections and other psycho-social concerns.
- Reduce the incidence of pregnancy among 15-19 age group;
- Reduce the incidence of early sexual involvement and early marriages;
- Reduce the incidence of other reproductive health problems that includes sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV/ADIS, particularly the reduction of HIV positive cases among young males; and
- Reduce the incidence of physical and sexual violence and other forms of violence among young people, particularly among married young females ages 15-24.
- Establishment of Teen Centers / Health Quarters / Corners, “Tambayans,” which can be school-based (for In-School Youth) and community-based (for Out-of-School Youth).
- Conduct Youth Camps, Symposia, Film Showings, and Counseling-On-the-Air, usage of Social Media Platforms.
- “Text Me and Mail Me” campaigns.
- Regular Youth Programs conducted by Partner Agencies (GOs and NGOs) such as the Population Education Program (POPED) and POPQUIZ of the DepEd, Parent Effectiveness Services (PES) and the Empowerment and the Affirmation of Paternal Activities (ERPAT) of DSWD, the working youth of DOLE, MR GAD and JRGAD of Mentor for Health, POPDEV for Youth and Mulat Pinoy of the PROBE Foundation, among others.
- Capacity Building for Youth and Adolescent with Life Skills, Peer and Group Counseling, Fertility Awareness and other Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (ASRHR) concerns and issues.
- Capacitate Parents, Guidance Counselors, Teachers and Guardians to learn to replicate the Learning Package on Parent Education (LPPEd) or the Parents’ Education on Gender and Adolescent Development (PEGAD).
- Train Service Providers such as doctors, nurses, midwives and other volunteers in the community in dealing with youth and adolescents.