With strong commitment from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the East
African Community (EAC), Ministers of Health and Education from 20 countries in East and Southern Africa affirmed and adopted the ESA Commitment on 7 December 2013, in Cape Town, South Africa.
The Commitment is a strategic tool that, for the first time, brings together Ministries of Education and Health to strengthen HIV prevention efforts and foster positive health outcomes by advocating for access to quality, comprehensive sexuality education as well as sexual and reproductive health services for young people in the region.
Why adolescents and young people need comprehensive sexuality education and sexual and reproductive health.
Download the ESA Commitment Update 22 May 2014
Young people have a right to receive more than just basic facts about HIV, health, gender, sex and relationships.
By combining comprehensive sexuality education with youth-friendly health services, young people are empowered to make informed decisions that affect their relationships, health and prosperity.