Guidelines on Best Practices for Adolescent- and Youth-Friendly HIV Services--An Examination of 13 Projects in PEPFAR-Supported Countries

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Gage, A.J., Do, M., and Grant, D. MEASURE Evaluation (March 2017).

Through funding from the United States Agency for International Development, MEASURE Evaluation conducted a review to understand best practices for adolescent- and youth-friendly program interventions. Given the scant available evidence on such programs, this review seeks to provide program planners and policymakers with evidence-informed information to determine how to invest resources effectively to meet 90-90-90 targets for adolescents and youth. The review specifies adolescent-friendly approaches that do and do not work (and why); lays out lessons learned on providing successful HIV services for adolescents; and encourages uptake of best practices to attract youth and keep them in care. The report summarizes 13 programs that were selected based upon relevance, impact, and feasibility criteria, among others. The programs were divided into four categories: three clinic-based programs with or without a community component; three clinic- and school-based programs with or without a community component; six community-based programs; and one mobile- or web-based program. The authors summarize features that make the programs adolescent- and youth-friendly, discuss the programs' impact on HIV outcomes, describe lessons learned, and consider factors that contribute to sustainability. A summary table gives each study location and program name, specifies the type of program and its intended population, describes the program, and reviews best practices.

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