Mind the Gaps

To meet the health needs of Nepal’s younger generation, the WHO and the Nepal Ministry of Health teamed up last year to redesign the country’s national adolescent health programs. None fully addressed the inequities facing the country’s young men and women.
The planners used Innov8—an 8-step guide for assessing programs through a human rights-based approach—to identify barriers to health care such as distance, restrictive gender norms and lack of coordination among health services.
Ghanashyam Pokherel of the Nepal Ministry of Health recognizes the stakes.
“Adolescents are the future of our country,” says Pokherel. “Without them our country will not be socially or economically sound.”
Source: WHO

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