Client: Salesian Life Choices
Duration: March 2015 - May 2015
Creative Consulting and Development Works (CC&DW) was appointed by Salesian Life Choices to conduct a needs assessment for youth friendly services in the Klipfontein Area. The needs assessment was to inform one of the programmes run by the registered non-profit organisation (NPO), which has the goal of improving the health status of youth and ‘hard to reach’ populations from historically disadvantaged communities. The programme (Health4Life) delivers health services to learners in schools in the Klipfontein health sub-district area of Cape Town; and mobile HIV counseling and testing (HCT) at various sites across the city’s 9 health districts.
This needs assessment was conducted over a period of three months and informed through existing literature and policy, as well as the collection of survey data from 312 youth between the ages of 13 – 16 years.
Project Name: Needs Assessment of Youth-Friendly Health Services in the Klipfontein Area in Cape Town
Client: Salesian Life Choices
Project Duration: March 2015 – May 2015
Sector: Health, Youth
Service provided: Needs assessment research
The aims of the needs assessment were to:
– assess and describe the needs for youth-friendly health services among the youth from the Klipfontein area in Cape Town,
– fine-tune Life Choices’ Health4Life programme through a better understanding of the needs for youth-friendly health services among the youth in the area, and
– build a strong case to advocate government for the need to provide youth-friendly health services at public facilities, such as primary-health clinics and schools.
In order to achieve the project objectives, CC&DW’s research and evaluation team conducted:
The research methods were chosen to obtain an understanding of the needs of youth themselves, as the key stakeholders. As there was little existing data on the nature and magnitude of the health service needs of youth in the Klipfontein area, CC&DW collected new data through the structured survey. This was in keeping with best practice, whcih dictates that in order to inform new and existing services, intervention and policies which meet youths’ specific needs, it is necessary to engage youth themselves on their perceived needs for health services, factors that determine their utilisation of services and their preferences for service provision (Biddlecom et al., 2007).
The survey with secondary school learners and out-of-school youth was therefore used to answer the following questions:
A needs assessment is one of the most important forms of evaluation. The findings of this needs assessment raised important issues for the implementation of youth friendly health services. Various recommendations were made for the implementation of youth friendly health services in the Klipfontein area and for Life Choices’ Health4Life programme in particular. While the programme’s activities were designed to address many of the serious health needs of youth identified in the needs assessment, there were a few areas in which it was suggested that focus could be increased in order to better address needs.
 ‘Hard to reach’ populations include men, out of school youth, people who have never been tested for HIV, and people who are unlikely to use clinics