Kitovu Mobile trains Kalungu District Health workers on youth friendly services

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Nagirinya conducting the training at Kalungu Sub-county farm school center.

Nagirinya conducting the training at Kalungu Sub-county farm school center. She encouraged trainees to uphold the requisite skills of dealing with the youth. PHOTO BY MOSES MUWULYA.

One of the key objectives of the Mobile Farm Schools,a youth economic empowerment program for Kitovu Mobile is to  reduce the  spread of HIV/AIDS among the youth.

In its bid to realise this objective, Kitovu Mobile  trained  Kalungu District Community Facilitators,Village Health Team Members and nurses on provision of Youth Friendly Services (YFS)

These services help reduce on:  the risks of pregnancy at an early age, the increased biological vulnerability of young women to HIV;other STIs, and the unique factors that influence decisions about contraceptive methods during adolescence.

This is why Kitovu Mobile takes it a concern to ensure that YFS  providers have a basic understanding of the  health needs specific to youth by investing in such refresher training.

Held at  at Kalungu sub county Mobile Farm School Center, the two-day training was conducted by  various facilitators, including the assistant District Health Officer for Kalungu District.

Ms Aidah Nagirinya reminded the trainees about the requisite skills of  dealing with the youth while offering YFS to the youth in their areas jurisdiction.

” I know many of you know these skills but we need to remind ourselves and see if you have been applying them. These are: confidentiality, friendliness, not judgemental, acceptability,openness and others,” Ms mentions as the trainees reflect on them.

Explaining each skill, the medical officer requested the trainees to uphold all of the attributes,  if they are to effectively deal with the youth and mitigate the risks of getting HIV/AIDS

“These skills are intertwined. You can not be approachable, open but when you don’t keep secrets,. This will will make youths hesitant to share their problems with you causing gaps in the service,” Ms Nagirinya stressed.

“Accept them,take them the way they are not the way you should expect them to be,first over help before you judge them,”Nagirinya added

Ms Nagirinya lauded Kitovu Mobile for such initiatives,saying: “ It helps us to keep reminding health workers of what is required of them’

In the same way, she said, they  are able to let them know of the changes in policies. For example, the recent increase of antenatal care visit is from a minimum of four to at least eight visits through the pregnancy.

Trainees said they have refreshed on many issues relating to HIV and ready to improve in the provision of youth friendly  as  services as Imaculate Namuli noted.

The Misenyi  VHT said: ” I have built  communication and counseling skills to establish a better sense of trust between the youth and  us service providers.