Access to health care, especially for adolescents, is a high priority policy objective in many countries and particularly for sexual and reproductive health and mental health care  . In 2009 young people aged 15-19 years accounted for 41% of all new HIV infections globally and more than half of other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) . It has also been estimated worldwide that 11% of those who give birth each year are adolescents . The 2nd South African Youth Risk Behaviour survey of learners at school found that 24.4% of young women report that they have been pregnant , whilst data from the 2010 National Antenatal Sentinel HIV and Syphilis prevalence survey  has shown that 14% of those aged 15-19 years and 9.4% of those aged 10-14 years who were pregnant were HIV positive . Mental health problems are estimated to affect 10-25% of adolescents globally, yet their mental health care is often neglected [7, 8]. In South Africa, 21.4% of young people at school have made one or more suicide attempts in the previous 6 months . Clearly sexual and reproductive health services and mental health care services need to be easily accessible to adolescents, and the barriers to access  need to be overcome.
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