Mobile Health Clinic In A ‘Bashy Bus’

Children First created this mobile unit youth information centre and health clinic to empower young people to make wise choices and to provide adolescents with an easily accessible youth-friendly health service to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS in Jamaica.

The bus (or The ‘Bashy Bus’) is outfitted with the necessary equipment and an examination room, to take delivery the services wherever it is needed. These enhance services offered by a technical team of doctors and counselors; hand picked and trained to serve young people. A team of peer educators trained in youth friendly services and cultural approaches provides additional support. The Mobile Clinic uses popular activities to promote a new image to young people, while providing vital health care services.

“Bashy Bus” Services:
The bus is marketed as a safe space where young people can learn about youth issues including healthy lifestyle, violence prevention, sex and sexuality in a wholesome environment, which is free from abuse and exploitation. Bashy Bus serves as a space where youths can access essential sexual and reproductive health services at low or no cost. These services include:

  • Individual, Group and Peer-to-Peer Counseling and testing for HIV
  • Medical services including access to Voluntary Counseling and testing for HIV
  • Adolescent Reproductive Health & Life skills Information
  • Risk reduction conversation
  • Health Education though Community Drama and Music

Impact of Bashy Bus Services Jan – Dec 2009

  • Sensitized a total of 50,402 individuals: 12,670 adults, 37,732 adolescents/children
  • Provided access to “free” Voluntary Counseling and Testing for 3,965 persons including adolescents
  • The publication of the Bashy Bus Baseline Research, the follow up assessment and expansion to the North-East region with a team popularly know as the Bashy Bus Kru – North

Bashy Bus International Recognition

  • Winning the coveted award (August 2006) – Young Investigator Award – Women, Girls and HIV, for the Bashy Bus Baseline Research Abstract at the XIII International Conference on HIV/AIDS in Canada
  • Capturing the 2008 Anthony N. Sabga Caribbean Award for its innovativeness as the Caribbean’s first mobile adolescent friendly clinic
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