Students, staff participate in training on national protocol for youth-friendly health services

Students and Faculty members from the Faculty of Pharmacy, Nursing and Health Professions and a team from Birzeit University’s medical center participated in a training session on the National Protocol for Youth-Friendly Health Services in Institutions of Higher Education on December 6, 2019.

Their participation is part of the Youth Health Project that is hosted by the faculty of Pharmacy, Nursing and Health Professions and implemented in collaboration with Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

The protocol seeks to institutionalize the principles and standards needed when working with youth between the ages of 17-29 years. It is part of an ongoing project on school health that is being implemented at Palestinian universities.

The training aims to introduce its participants to the stipulations of the national protocol for youth health at higher education institutions that aim to create high-quality youth-friendly health centers that are easily accessible and generally available for youths.

The training emphasized the standards of youth-friendly health services and gave an overview of the health problems that tend to afflict youths. It covered sections of the protocol such as the composition of medical crews, characteristics of healthy environments, the necessity to collaborate with different institutions on social issues and concerns, and the procedures of follow-up, evaluation and supervision.

Representatives of Birzeit University’s youth participated in the training. Their participation aimed to assure the effective participation and contribution of youths in adapting health-care centers so they may fulfil youth’s rights by achieving friendly health services.