Development of national quality standards
In order to scale up the provision of health services to adolescents beyond pilot and boutique projects, it is extremely important that the Ministry of health recognizes the importance of service provision to this age group and specifies (minimum) quality standards of the services this age group should receive. National quality standards have this dual function of being a policy document as well as a technical touch stone for implementation and monitoring.
Over the last years WHO has worked with nearly 20 countries to support the development of such standards in many regions.
Based on these experiences it has developed a tool to guide the standards development process. See also other valuable resources on standards management by JHPIEGO.
See the example of the national AFHS standards from the Philippines.
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