Building capacity to facilitate policy implementation: A short course in adolescent and youth health in South Africa

Journal of Public Health in Africa

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Title Building capacity to facilitate policy implementation: A short course in adolescent and youth health in South Africa
Creator Ferguson, B. Jane Ahmed, Nadia Motshwane, Feni M.M. Pleaner, Melanie Toska, Elona Weiss, Helen A. Bekker, Linda-Gail
Subject — adolescent health; health policy; implementation; short course; South Africa; youth health
Description In order to respond more effectively to the health of young people in South Africa, in 2017 the National Department of Health of South Africa released the National Adolescent and Youth Health Policy. The Policy focused on a range of health problems and recommended interventions for delivery through multiple settings and government departments. It also included specific recommendations to empower and involve young people in policy and programme implementation. Adaptation of a short course on adolescent health in lowand middle-income countries, organized annually by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the World Health Organization, was piloted in 2017 as one means of contributing to the implementation of the Policy. The Adolescent and Youth Health Policy short course was subsequently offered in 2018 and 2019, attracting 96 participants working on adolescent health in various organizations at national and provincial levels throughout the country. Most participants (75%) successfully completed the course, as assessed by the completion criteria that had been defined. The range of topics for the assignments selected by the participants over the 3 years reflected both the content and intent of the Policy. The evaluations of the short course indicate that it helped to create legitimacy and strengthen the capacity of various constituencies, both of which are important prerequisites for policy implementation.
Publisher AOSIS
Date 2022-05-24
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
Format application/pdf
Identifier 10.4081/jphia.2022.1855
Source Journal of Public Health in Africa; Vol 13, No 1 (2022); 7 2038-9930 2038-9922
Language eng
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