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Bangladesh has one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing adolescent’s populations where over one fifth of entire population is between the ages of 10 and 19. To serve the needs of this huge cohort, Bangladesh government has taken some necessary steps in the past few years and recognizes adolescent health as one of their top priority issue.
Dnet will be conducting a day long school health camp for adolescent in selected schools.
Piloting of school health camp program will be conducted by Dnet with the support of UNICEF and GoB. There will be two phase of piloting. In the first phase, the camp will be conducted in 2 selected schools; one in Dhaka city and another in Khulna city. UNICEF will provide technical assistance by sharing the knowledge materials. In consultation with DGFP and DSHE schools will be selected. Dnet will also collect a letter of support from concerned authorities to conduct the program.
Dnet is targeting to provide service to at least 200 adolescents in each camp. Each adolescent will get physical examination, counseling on SRH & nutrition, mental health session and introduction on Adolescent Health website. Additionally, if needed, they will be referred to AFHS centers.
The idea of this health camp is to develop a model and build a support system for adolescent group of young people in terms of physical and mental health dilemma and complex situations which should be dealt with by medical professionals. Within the parameter of their schools, it is easier to reach the targeted community and a good amount of data can be collected from the participants which will lead to a qualitative needs assessment of SRHR issues among the urban adolescents. This definitely will sensitize the policymakers to reinforce more user-oriented services at national level.
Dnet will also seek funding from Government, donor agencies and the private sectors to implement the program beyond the Pilot phase. The ultimate goal is to hand over the project to the Government to scale up across the country.