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Competency Training on Adolescent Health for Health Service Workers A REFERENCE MATERIAL FOREWORD Greetings! In recent years, there has been a steady increase in the number of teenage pregnancies, adolescent victims of violence and abuse, substance use and abuse and physical, emotional and psychosocial concerns among adolescents. Recognizing the need to address these concerns of our adolescents, the Department of Health (DOH) has taken to the forefront
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    Competency Training on Adolescent Health for Health Service Workers    A REFERENCE MATERIAL    FOREWORD Greetings! In recent years, there has been a steady increase in the number of teenage pregnancies, adolescent victims of violence and abuse, substance use and abuse and physical, emotional and  psychosocial concerns among adolescents. Recognizing the need to address these concerns of our adolescents, the Department of Health (DOH) has taken to the forefront the Adolescent Health and Development Program (AHDP) specifically to assist and support clients in this age group. Aside from coming up with activities to address their needs, encouraging health facilities to be adolescent-friendly and coordinating with concerned agencies, the DOH  –   Family Health Office has also embarked on improving the capability of health service providers to deal with adolescents. In addition to capability building activities for these adolescent health focal persons, a reference material on the Competency Training on Adolescent Health for Health Service Workers was formulated as their quick guide. This Reference Material was formulated as an adjunct to the Adolescent Job Aid (AJA). It contains the most recent data and additional information on what is contained in the AJA. This will assist the health service workers better understand the concepts and relay more accurate information to their clients. It is our hope that the Reference Material will satisfy the needs of both providers and clients to enable them to work together so that the adolescents will adhere to the recommended practices and behavior. ENRIQUE T. ONA, MD, FPCS, FACS Secretary of Health    MESSAGE Adolescence is a period in life which encompasses puberty and marks a stage of rapid physical growth and development as well as changes in the emotional, psychosocial and intellectual aspects. Adolescents are in a stage of life wherein they are no longer a child and not yet an adult. They are in a phase where their adventurous spirit puts them at risk of adopting unhealthy  behaviors and experience the consequences of such. While health programs for infants, children, individuals of reproductive age as well as those in the post reproductive age have been established and are currently being improved, programs to address the special needs of adolescents also need to be looked into. The increasing number of teenage pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections (STI) and HIV, substance use and abuse, victims of violence of all forms and other health concerns signal that initiatives have to be taken to look after adolescents. In recent years, the Department of Health has taken steps to address the health concerns of adolescents as well as implement preventive measures to encourage them to practice healthy  behaviors. Standards for Adolescent Friendly Health Facilities and Services have been formulated to encourage them to consult local health facilities. Coordination with organizations and agencies with expertise on adolescent health are being done to ensure that we are on the right track. Public health workers are being trained to ensure that they are able to deal with the  peculiar psyche and needs of clients in this age group. Likewise, the 1 st  National Adolescent Immunization using Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) and Tetanus and Diphtheria (Td) was initiated in selected provinces and cities nationwide. Public-public and public-private partnerships have been strengthened to orient and train health workers, teachers, and parents on the importance of catch up immunization program for adolescent to combat vaccine preventable diseases. The Adolescent Job Aid (AJA) has been developed to assist workers on how to go about their tasks in dealing with special concerns of adolescents. It is presented in the simplest, yet comprehensive manner to make it as an easy reference guide for health workers. However, there arises the need to provide details and data on the information provided for in the AJA. This is how this Reference Material on the Competency Training on Adolescent Health for Health Service Workers has come into being. This material is envisioned to provide health service workers with the explanations and added information on what is in the AJA. By doing so, they can better guide their clients into making better and healthier choices. JANETTE LORETO-GARIN, MD, MBA-H Undersecretary of Health Women, Children and Family Health Cluster    ACKNOWLDEGEMENT The Family Health Office, National Center for Disease Prevention and Control (FHO-NCDPC) of the Department of Health (DOH) would like to express its sincerest gratitude to the following: Dr. Irma Asuncion, Director of the National Center for Disease Prevention and Control, for her leadership and constant support in the capability building activities of our adolescent health focal  personnel in the country; Dr. Honorata Catibog (Former Director, Family Health Office) and Dr. Joyce Ducusin (Director, Family Health Office), for their invaluable inputs and guidance in the development of this resource material; The Society of Adolescent Medicine of the Philippines, Inc. (SAMPI) in collaboration with the Department of Health (DOH), that developed the Adolescent Job Aid (AJA) which served as the  basis in developing the content outline of this reference material; and The participants during the pretesting, for their significant inputs, comments and suggestions that were used in finalizing this reference material. DR. MINERVA VINLUAN Program Manager for Adolescent Health
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