Health clinics in the inner city of Johannesburg, South Africa, are unwelcoming to teen girls, a small study by Afrika Tikkun found. After sending 13 young participants from the non-governmental organization to two clinics in the Hillbrow neighborhood to ask for information about birth control during the last spring’s school holiday, the organization found that some staff members were “rude” and “unhelpful” to the local teens who visited the centers.
When the girls went to Hillbrow Community Health Centre they found long queues, lack of privacy, judgemental comments and bad attitudes offered to them. They wrote up their experiences at the clinics as part of the survey including suggestions for improvement. Teen Voices was given access to copies of the letters that were then sent to the clinics.