Ethiopia Delegation

Ethiopia and Rwanda share best practices in addressing sexual reproductive health needs for young people

13 April, 2015   |   Latest Blog, Updates

As progress continues towards the ESA Commitment targets, it is crucial that countries are continuously sharing information and learning from one another. UNFPA and UNESCO Rwanda partnered with Girl Hub and the Ministry of Health to host a delegation...

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Changing the prospects for women and girls in Eastern and Southern Africa

23 March, 2015   |   Events, Latest Blog, Photo Gallery, Photos

During the 59th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women held in New York, UNESCO UNAIDS and UNFPA partnered with YWCA to organise a dialogue between young women, governments and programme experts to strengthen the commitment to the health...

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Young people

Introducing #YoungPeopleDeserve …

17 March, 2015   |   Blog, Latest Blog, Our Voice, Uncategorized

Imagine... Every young African, resilient and informed, making their own decisions, fostering healthy relationships, accessing proper health care and actively participating in their education. Imagine with all this, what they could do for their c...

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YOUNG PEOPLE ARE THE FUTURE.

TIME TO ACT NOW.

Many young people in Eastern and Southern Africa lack basic knowledge of and access to crucial sexual and reproductive heath information and services, including issues related to HIV and pregnancy prevention.

 

Enter Young People Today: an initiative, supported by the United Nations, the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the East African Community (EAC) and Civil Society Organizations to improve the health and wellbeing of young people in the region.

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Challenges facing young people today

Education

60%

of young people still lack the basic knowledge to prevent HIV due to a lack of sexuality education.
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A gap of 70%

was seen in primary and secondary school sexuality education curriculum in the region (review conducted in 2011).
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Health

34% of Females

45% of Males

between 15-24 use condoms. This is on average, low.
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430,000 NEW HIV INFECTIONS

are contracted among young people aged 15-24 every year.
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Why do we have these challenges?

THERE IS A LACK OF

1. ACCESS TO COMPREHENSIVE SEXUALITY EDUCATION

Teach young people about methods for preventing HIV, STIs and unintended pregnancy as well as skills that help them explore their own values, goals and options.

2. ADEQUATE, YOUTH-FRIENDLY SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH SERVICES

High quality, widely available health care that includes affordability, convenience and standardized services.

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WHAT CAN WE DO?
JOIN TOGETHER.

 

BRINGING 21 COUNTRIES TOGETHER FOR ONE COMMON GOAL.

With a strong commitment from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the East African Community (EAC), Ministers of Health and Education from 21 countries have committed to keep young people's sexual and reproductive health information and services at the forefront of their national agendas.

One of the biggest issues is the gap that hasn’t been bridged between the knowledge and the laws that are out there that supports sexual and reproductive rights. There are policies there but how are they being implemented and directed to young people?

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