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    The Ministry of Health has set aside $4 million this year for a project, aimed at improving reproductive health practices among adolescent youth.
    This figure is earmarked for the Improved Health Status among Youth and Most Vulnerable Groups project, outlined in the 2010/11 Estimates of Expenditure tabled in the House of Representatives on March 25.
    The project, which was supported initially by grants from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is being funded solely by the Government this year, and is expected to conclude in September, 2010.
    Before the project ends, the Ministry is aiming to conduct training for approximately 100 physical education teachers and for national youth service participants and to continue training for mental health and school professionals in identification and referrals skills. Other targets for this year are: to implement health education workshops for 50 health promoting schools and to conduct a workshop for about 40 clinicians in adolescent friendly service.
    Physical targets initially envisaged under the project were to increase the use of quality reproductive health and HIV/STI services and preventive practices; to increase access to quality reproductive health and HIV/STI services; to improve knowledge and skill related to reproductive health and HIV/STI; and to implement national policies and guidelines in support of reproductive health, with a focus on youth.
    Steps taken up to February 2010, toward the achievement of these objectives included: conducting one-month training for 320 National Youth Service (NYS) participants; development of a joint Ministry of Health/NYS proposal for training environmental health workers; the facilitation of health education workshop for health promoting schools; and supported printing of adolescent mental health materials.
    A national strategic plan for pre-adolescents and adolescents is also being developed.