Introduction: Adolescents aged between 10 and 19 years constitute 18% of the world population, i.e., about 1.2 billion. About 88% of them live in developing world. India has the largest (243 million) number of adolescents comprising one-fourth of the country's population. Adolescent health and nutrition status has an intergenerational effect; hence, it is one of the important stages of the life cycle in terms of health interventions. Injuries and communicable diseases are prevalent among adolescents in 10 to 14 years age group; outcome of sexual behaviors and mental health problems become significant among adolescents in the 15 to 19 years age group.
Aims and Objectives: To assess the awareness of adolescent- friendly health services (AFHS) among adolescents in the rural areas of Bareilly district, Uttar Pradesh.
Materials and methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted in the rural areas of Bareilly district using multistage sampling technique. Pretested and prevalidated schedule was used for data collection and the data were compiled and analyzed using Epi-Info software version 7.2.
Results: A total of 102 adolescents aged 10 to 19 years from rural areas of Bareilly district were interviewed on awareness regarding treatment offered in AFHS in districts. Out of the total, 60.8% were not aware regarding AFHS, 63.7% were not aware regarding the places of AFHS clinics; 45.1% were not aware regarding the treatment of menstrual problems. None were aware regarding treatment of sexually transmitted disease. Of the total, 98% were not aware about pregnancy care and prevention; 55.9% were not aware regarding the services available at different levels; 54.9% were not aware regarding the official person designated in AFHS. No significant statistical association was found between the gender of people and awareness about the places of AFHS clinics. Significant statistical association was found between the marital status of people and awareness about the places of AFHS clinics.
Conclusion: Emphasis must be laid to create awareness among people regarding AFHS. To strengthen the adolescent health services, the current situation demands a single comprehensive program under one ministry which will cover outreach activities as well as clinic-based services.