A United Nations campaign to improve the lives of young people in Eastern and Southern Africa with sexuality education and health services. Your chance to influence change.

On December 7, 2013, ministers and their representatives from 21 countries in Eastern and Southern Africa came together to endorse and adopt the UN commitment for Eastern and Southern Africa with its recommendations for bold action in response to HIV and the education/health challenges experienced by young people.

Recognising the urgency of the situation facing young people, education and health ministers have now committed to addressing young people's realities by ramping up sexuality education and health services in their countries.

A copy of the commitment will be published in the coming days on this website - in English, French and Portuguese.

To see pictures of supporters and from the ministerial meeting please scroll to the bottom of http://youngpeopletoday.net/photo-project/
This part of the YOUNG PEOPLE TODAY campaign has been a unanimous success. Now we must ensure ministers keep to their word and implement the bold actions they have promised. The campaign continues ...

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT in helping to bring about this pivotal moment in the history of the HIV epidemic and the young people of Eastern and Southern Africa.

The right to a healthy and informed life

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.

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Comprehensive Sexuality Education

Comprehensive Sexuality Education

  • Prepares adolescents and young people for puberty and beyond, to understand their body, to make informed decisions about relationships and develop critical skills.
  • Empowers adolescents and young people to prevent unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.
  • Supports adolescents and young people to make better, informed decisions and often delays initiation of sexual activity and reduces sexual risk taking – it does not lead to increased sexual activity.
  • Encourages adolescents and young people to have more equitable and healthy relationships.
  • Can reduce gender-based violence, bullying and discrimination.
  • Gives adolescents and young people the confidence to access services and support.
Photo: © IPPF/Paul Bell/Uganda
Sexual reproductive health services

Sexual and reproductive health services

  • Fulfill the right to health and well-being of adolescents and young people. It is a public health responsibility to protect the health of all young people.
  • Are more effective when offered as a package with sexuality education.
  • Ensure that young people feel safe and confident.
  • Empower adolescents and young people to make their own choices about their health, as well as sexual and reproductive health issues.
  • Provide access to support and commodities that promote good health as well as limiting bad health or illness.
  • Reduce unintended pregnancy, HIV and other sexually transmitted infections which impact on the health of adolescents and young people.
  • Improve maternal and child survival rates.
Photo: © Nell Freeman for International HIV/AIDS Alliance