The Institute supports optimum care and treatment services for adolescents transitioning from pediatric treatment to adult treatment. Some strategies implemented include,
- Use of peers to engage with fellow peers in the community and encourage adherence to treatment, and retention in the HIV program.
- Training of adolescent caregivers, peer mentors and healthcare workers to deliver adolescent friendly services.
- Adolescent Support Groups and Caregiver Forums: Through support groups, adolescents meet with their peers, share experiences and learn about self-care, their health, life skills, and gain psycho-social support. Through care giver fora, adolescent care givers are equipped with knowledge about disclosure, adherence and skills acquisition.
Other strategies include; rescheduling of clinic days in line with the school calendar, sexual and reproductive health education, ensuring that pregnant adolescents and young women have access to prevention of mother-to-child transmission services.
For more information on adolescent services, go to, http://www.ihvnigeria.org/adolescent-services/