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Your voice matters. It is time to be an advocate for change.

15 June, 2016   |   Latest Blog, Our Voice

Written by: Tikhala Itaye, President African Youth and Adolescents Network (AfriYAN), East and Southern Africa Participation of young people is key in achieving the long term vision of ESA Commitment targets. Young people should not be vi...

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Comprehensive sexuality education books being handed to the Minister, Dr. John Phiri

New sexuality education books launched to help young people make positive choices about their health and future in Zambia

24 May, 2016   |   Country Progress, Events, Latest Blog

With the new, nation-wide scale-up of comprehensive sexuality education integrated into primary and secondary schools, Zambia has seen a glaring need for resources to help improve delivery in the classroom. As part of addressing this gap, the Governm...

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How one journalist has fought for better health outcomes in South Sudan

19 February, 2016   |   Latest Blog, Our Voice

Written by: Taban Robert Aggrey Juba, South Sudan People tell me that I should leave my current work to find another job that it is less risky – I understand why they worry. People are arrested, tortured and killed every day in South Sudan for ...

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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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