• Medical and social problems in adolescence and ways of their solution

Medical and social problems in adolescence and ways of their solution

SOVREMENNAYA PEDIATRIYA.2017.4(84):16-21; doi 10.15574/SP.2017.84.16

Parkhomenko L. K.
Kharkiv Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education, Ukraine

The problem of adolescents' health preservation under modern conditions is gaining particular importance in Ukraine. Recently, there has been a deterioration in the health of young people due to the strengthening of negative factors and lack of effective organization of medical care. The dynamics of morbidity and prevalence of diseases among children of different age groups in 2010–2015 demonstrates a significant superiority of the prevalence of diseases among adolescents. Only every fifth student can be considered as healthy at the time of leaving school. Deterioration of the health status of children requires the physicians' significant attention to adolescence. Medical care of adolescents is carried out in the children's health care institutions. Unfortunately, there is a degradation of adolescence service in a number of regions of Ukraine. Adolescents are more vulnerable to diseases associated with growing up. Risky behaviour leads to irresponsibility in sexual relationships, addictive behaviours, etc. There is an ascending morbidity with sexually transmitted infections. The frequency of socially dangerous diseases is increasing (tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, mental disorders, etc). With the support of the UN Children's Fund/UNICEF the «Youth-Friendly Clinics» (YFCs) are created in Ukraine. These facilities provide medical assistance to adolescents and youth on the principles of friendly approach. They are niether alternative nor substitute for the existing services. The purposes of these centers are the prevention and detection of the reproductive system diseases, sexually transmitted infections, HIV- prevention of unintended pregnancy, drug addiction, alcoholism; correction of psychological status, etc. The adolescents' physicians in Ukraine should be included both in the structure of primary health care link and secondary health care link (Youth Friendly Clinics). A head of healthcare institution has the ability to save or restore the positions of adolescents' physicians and ensure improving of health status of the future generation today.

Key words: adolescents, health, adolescents' physicians, youth-friendly clinics.

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