There is a recognized need for better youth friendly sexual and reproductive health education and services for adolescent, particularly in light of the growing epidemic of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV/AIDS in Indonesia. However, due to political sensitivity surrounding the issue of sexual and reproductive health services, policy dialogue has yet to be translated into programs serving the needs of youth.
Goal of the study is to develop models of Health Centre-based youth-friendly reproductive health services for unmarried youth in Central Java in order to increase its utilization.
The study is a cross sectional design involves a series of qualitative and quantitative methodologies as pertain to the goal noted above. Participants of this study were 39 health centres, 262 students of surrounding health centre schools and 18 various persons as stakeholders related to youth friendly reproductive health service.
The study found that only thirty percents of available health centers able to provide youth friendly reproductive health service as expected. Human resource capability indicates a tendency of unsupportive environment in health center for providing services as more than fifty percents trained personnel has no longer working in providing youth friendly health service. They have been moved to other positions, tasks and locations since the management system requires them to do so. Furthermore, utilization of youth friendly reproductive health service is only less than twenty percents and reason of utilization is mostly because of reproductive related sickness. Thus, there is inconsistency between need for services and actual reason of service utilization. Factors associated with utilization of service were knowledge, communication with peer and parent, and need for service.
Recommendation on proposed models of youth friendly reproductive health service will be formulated after the result of in-depth interviews and workshop with stakeholders completed.
Moderator: Dr. Jongjit Rittirong
Date: May 21, 2014 Time: 12:30 – 13:30 hrs. Room 326 Rajavadee, 3rd Floor