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Adolescent Services

Adolescent Services

Adolescent Services

The Adolescent Services

An increasing number of children who acquired HIV from birth are now reaching adolescence.

Adolescents living with HIV (ALHIV) are a special group of PLHIVs targeted by IHVN for the provision of customized services tailored to meet their specific challenges and needs.

Adolescence is a developmental phase between childhood (under 10 years) and adulthood (over 19 years). It is characterized by physical, psychological, and social changes at the individual level (WHO 2010).

Within this time frame, there is a wide range of developmental stages. Adolescents require innovative public health strategies that respond to their unique developmental and health needs for a successful engagement in lifelong HIV care and treatment.

Our Services

Adolescent health services at IHVN supported facilities started in 2016 with capacity building of adolescent peer educators, caregivers and health care workers in partnership with the Association of Positive Youths in Nigeria (APYIN).

These services were rolled-out at ten health facilities in eight states.

Health facilities considered were those with pediatrics population of more than 50 receiving care. APYIN members serve as peer mentors to selected peer educators in all the facilities and also supervise the program in the states.


IHVN collaborates with the Association of Adolescents and Young People Living with HIV (APYIN) participate in a road work and sensitization activity at Gbazango community in the FCT.

Our objectives are to provide integrated services that are confidential, friendly and culturally appropriate. Other focus areas include, assisting caregivers/parents and adolescents to disclose their HIV status with ease and promoting adherence to medications.

We work towards improving the number of adolescents who continue receiving care, improve and the establishment of an adolescent caregiver forum for improved interaction with adolescents. The services are also geared towards mobilizing and supporting health care providers to deliver adolescent and youth-friendly services that meet the needs of adolescents.

IHVN Implementation Strategies

  • Conduct advocacy to the facilities’ management to gain their support for Adolescent and Youth Friendly Health Services (AYFHS).
  • Conduct Focus Group Discussions (FGD) with selected adolescents, caregivers and health care workers to identify specific needs.
  • Utilize a South-South collaborative approach with AFRICAIDS Zvandiri Teens support Network Zimbabwe and APYIN Nigeria for start-up of AYFHS at sites.
  • Conduct capacity building for Peer Educators (PE), Care Givers (CG) and Health Care Workers (HCW) for better engagement and improved service delivery.
  • Field education mentoring and role modeling for peer educators and mentors.
  • Identification of mentors in collaboration with APYIN and health facility staff.
  • Formation of support groups and caregiver’s forum.
  • Conduct transition sessions in batches that address the phases of transition from Pediatric-to-Adolescents and Adolescents-to-Adult clinics.
  • Strengthen linkages to community-based organizations for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) care and other services in the community
  • Creation of flexible clinic hours and weekend clinics to meet the off-hour appointment schedule for the adolescents.
  • Creation of dedicated hotlines in addition to WhatsApp platform group for socialization and recreation for the adolescents
  • Ensure pregnant adolescents/and young women have access to prevention of mother -to-child transmission of HIV services
  • Provision of games items to all sites providing AYFS for the adolescents to use during SG and clinic visits as they wait for consultation. This also helps them to bond with their peers and improves clinic visits adherence, reduces missed appointment and Loss to Follow Up (LFTU)
  • Implementation of Community Adolescents Treatment Supporters (CATs) services in Rivers State. CATs attend to their peers in the community and report back to the facilities. This service is aimed at improving adolescents who go to facilities and continue receiving services there.

All these services are provided to three groups of adolescents; early adolescence (10 to 14 years), late adolescence (15 to 19 years) and young person’s (20-24 years for CATS.

The multidisciplinary team utilizes a holistic approach to provide primary, reproductive and sexual health care, STI/HIV testing and treatment, substance abuse treatment, mental health care, and health education/counseling in a one-stop-shop.

Adolescent Services Team