7.7 Making health facilities more youth friendly
Preventive health programmes for children and adolescents (Preventivni zdravstveni programi za otroke in mladostnike) are a cluster of measures taken to provide children and youth with preventive health programmes using the concept of a youth-friendly health service and a lifelong perspective approach. The aim of the programmes is to update preventive health care for children and adolescents with new tools and interventions focusing on reducing inequalities and reducing the risk of chronic non-communicable diseases, using the concept of a youth-friendly health service and a lifelong perspective approach.
We updated preventive health programs for children and adolescents based on the "Together for Health" project (2013-2016). The goal was to modernize preventive health care for children and adolescents with new programs, tools, and interventions with an emphasis on reducing inequality and the risk of chronic non-communicable diseases using the concept of youth-friendly health service and a lifelong perspective approach. The revision of the program was followed by the modification of the Rules for implementing preventive health care at the primary level. The online counseling site www.tosemjaz.net has also been renovated, giving young people easy and quick access to professional advice growing up.
NOW Programme – Health Today for Tomorrow (Program ZDAJ – program ZDRAVJE DANES ZA JUTRI) is an example of a programme that was part of a broader project, Together for Health (Skupaj za zdravje). The long-term goals of the project are to reduce the occurrence of chronic non-communicable diseases associated with an unhealthy lifestyle, which could be achieved by early detection of the risk of these diseases, a lifelong perspective approach and interventions and approaches to reduce health inequalities. The programme ran from 24 September 2013 until 30 September 2016 and was carried out by the National Institute of Public Health with the Norwegian Institute of Public Health as a partner. Project Together for Health was financed by the Norway Grants as part of the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2009–2014.