Adolescent Age Life-Stage
ASSESSMENT AND COUNSELING TOOLS
Guiding adolescents on the road to young adulthood
Acknowledgments The Adolescent Age and Life-Stage Assessment and Counselling Tools were made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under the terms of the Cooperative Agreement AID-OAA-A-14-00028. The contents are the responsibility of the Maternal and Child Survival Program and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government. Individual Acknowledgments The Adolescent Age and Life-Stage Assessment and Counselling Tools were developed for the Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP). Adelaida DeGregorio, MCSP/Save the Children was the principal writer with major contribution by Aderonke Are-Shodeinde, MCSP/Save the Children and Brad Kerner, MCSP/Save the Children. Jana Spacek, MCSP/Save the Children also provided significant support to the development of the tools. Aderonke Are-Shodeinde led the multiple rounds of pre-testing of the tools. Save the Children colleagues, Melanie Yahner, Shannon Pryor, Deb Almond and Wendy Castro, provided valuable contributions throughout the process. We acknowledge our local stakeholders and partners in Nigeria who helped review, pre-test and field test the Toolkit: Ebonyi colleagues from the Adolescent & Youth-friendly Health Center (AYFHC) of the Federal Teaching Hospital (FET HA), Ebonyi State Ministry of Health, Ebonyi State Ministry of Youth & Sports, Local Government Service Commission of Abakaliki; MCH Onueke, MCH Azuiyiukwu, & Nwofe Health Centers, and Adolescent leaders & members from the local Youth NGO– GRADE Foundation from Abakaliki, Ebonyi state, Kogi colleagues from the Kogi State Ministry of Health, Kogi State Ministry of Youth & Sports, Kogi State Ministry of Education, Kogi State Specialist Hospital, Federal Medical Center, and the PHCs of New Layout, Old Market, Angwan Yashi & Angwa Kura; and Adolescent leaders & members from the local Youth NGO – “Light of Hope” from Lokoja, Kogi state. We also highly appreciate our MCSP state teams - Dr. Gladys Olisaeeke and her Ebonyi state team members, and Dr. Gabriel Alobo and his Kogi state team members, for their tremendous support and assistance in our field activities during the pre-testing and field testing of the toolkit. We wish to thank the following colleagues for their review and contributions in providing direction on the technical content of the tools: Cate Lane, Clifton Kenon, and Teshome Woldemedhin from USAID; Anne Pfitzer, Mychelle Farmer, and Neena Khadka from MCSP; Subidita Chatterjee (independent consultant); Oluyemisi Omobolanle Ayoola (Federal MO HNigeria), Fatima Muhammad (Society for Family Health-Nigeria), and Anne Kpason from Save the Children Nigeria. Additional technical contributions on the counselling cards were provided by the following colleagues from Save the Children, MCSP, and Jhpiego: Chris Hook, Shannon Pryor, Stella Abwao, Joya Benerjee, Neeta Bhatnagar, Silvia Kelbert, and Alice Christensen. Green Communication Design, Inc. led design and layout of this publication, while the counseling card illustrations were developed locally in Abuja, Nigeria by Corporate Graphics & Advertising Limited, Nigeria. The FP Effectiveness Chart illustration used for the Contraceptive Method counseling card was developed by JHU-CCP, WHO and US AID, and used with permission.
Published December 2016
Introduction and Health Provider Instructions
The Adolescent Age and Life-Stage Assessment and Counselling tools present a set of tools and counseling cards for use by health providers and health workers who treat and counsel adolescent clients on a one-on-one basis at the health facility. It primarily aims to support health provider efforts to seize teachable moments while talking with adolescents and look holistically at their lives while being mindful of their sexual and reproductive health risks and pr