This Toolkit is a guide that assists both HCPs and CCPs to tailor a package of services for ALHIV. HCPs and CCPs are the primary users of the Toolkit, and they should use the Toolkit and distribute content/tools as appropriate to the adolescent and the family/caregiver.
The Toolkit Provides:
- A framework to promote self-care: The Key Checklists (found on pages 12 to 16) provide a framework for transition to self-care and should be reviewed on a semiannual basis to set and review self-management goals and to determine if the adolescent is on track. As you use the Key Checklists, please note that male and female adolescent clients may experience transition differently and may have different strengths and barriers associated with health care.
- A framework for a minimum package of services:Utilize the modules within the Toolkit only as they are needed. Some adolescents will utilize several modules throughout the transition period while others may only require minimal resources from the Toolkit. The provider should only utilize the Toolkit as it is relevant to the adolescent and his or her family/caregiver.
- Audience 1. The HCP/CCP may use any of the tools to enhance their own practice. Health facilities and community based organizations (CBOs) should keep in mind that modules outlining services they do not currently offer is a reminder that bidirectional referrals are an important component of care.
- Audience 2. The family/caregiver should receive tools and information from the HCP and CCP as a means to better understand howto support the adolescent during the transition process. Caregivers may be neigh-bors, friends, partners, or spouses, and should be known by the provider as the primary point of contact for the adolescent.
- Audience 3. The adolescent should receive tools and information from the HCP and CCP to assist with navigating the transition process. Several of the tools intended for the adolescent require a participatory approach; in these cases, the HCP or CCP should review these tools with the adolescent and utilize them as a means to provide and reinforce health education opportunities.
This Toolkit has been written for the general context of Africa; as this is a large and diverse region, adaptation of the Toolkit is encouraged prior to use. Once the Toolkit is received within a facility, an on-site administrator should adapt the Toolkit to ensure cultural and contextual appropriateness. Components of the Toolkit may also need to be adapted for low literacy audiences.