Being a Young Person

28 July, 2016   |   Blog, Latest Blog, Updates, Videos

As part of efforts to ensure all young people have access to comprehensive, life-skills based sexuality education, UNESCO screened a new video at the 18-July Eastern and Southern Africa Commitment Progress Review Meetin...

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Launching two years of progress of the ESA Commitment: How far have we come?

18 July, 2016   |   Blog, Latest Blog, Updates, Videos

In December 2013, ministers of health and education from 20 Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) gathered in Cape Town and endorsed a commitment to work jointly to improve young people’s access to sexuality education and sexual and reproductive health...

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“School mothers” in South Sudan are keeping girls in school

15 July, 2016   |   Blog, Country Progress, Latest Blog

Written in collaboration with SAFAIDS and UNESCO as part of efforts to train journalists on comprehensive sexuality education South Sudan has faced decades of conflict, which has been severely detrimental to the lives of millions of young people i...

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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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Posted on: 18th Jul, 2016
In 2015, there were 3.3m live births among adolescent girls 15-19 years in Eastern &Southern Africa. This is expected to rise to 5.4m by 2035. A lack of comprehensive knowledge on sexual &reproductive health services is highly correlated. We must #St...More
Posted on: 15th Jul, 2016
HIV prevention knowledge in Eastern &Southern Africa is insufficient, with only 45% of men & 42% of women with adequate knowledge http://bit.ly/29GILNc - #StepUpDeliver on 2020 targets @ #AIDS2016 event 18/7 http://bit.ly/29ALwlJ...More
Posted on: 15th Jul, 2016
Poor access to quality health care is one of the greatest barriers to sexual & reproductive health services for #youth in Eastern& Southern Africa – Governments saw this & are delivering on #ESA Target 3 milestones. Only 5 days until 18/7 event htt...More
Posted on: 13th Jul, 2016
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