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Highlights from Youth Day 2015 #YPTTakeover

13 August, 2015   |   Blog, Events, Latest Blog, Uncategorized, Updates

Yesterday, on August 12, 2015, Young People Today teamed up with three amazing young people from across Eastern and Southern Africa for our first ever Twitter Takeover in honour of International Youth Day. Kevin Karuga, Patrick Mwesigye and Nyasha...

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UNESCO Head of Maputo Office, Sida, Mozambique Government officials, UNAIDS, UNESCO workshop participants gather in Maputo, Mozambique

Photo credit: B. Djaffar Moussa-Elkadhum

UNESCO CELEBRATES 2 YEARS OF PROGRESS: REACHING MILLIONS OF YOUNG PEOPLE WITH COMPREHENSIVE SEXUALITY EDUCATION

1 July, 2015   |   Events, Latest Blog

Young people remain at the forefront of the AIDS response across Eastern and Southern Africa. Although they are vulnerable to infection, they also have the opportunity to change the discourse of HIV/AIDS prevalence forever. In order for this to happe...

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WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN LEADERS ARE HESITANT TO IMPLEMENT SEXUALITY EDUCATION?

12 June, 2015   |   Latest Blog, Updates

Lessons learned in Lesotho: The importance of local dialogue in breaking the barriers and stigma surrounding sexuality education Implementing Life Skills Education that incorporates comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) can be a...

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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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Research shows that the majority of young people lack the knowledge required to make responsible decisions about their sexual and reproductive health, which leaves them vulnerable to HIV/Aids and teenage pregnancy, among other things. Comprehensive...More
Posted on: 4th Sep, 2015
If you missed the #YPTTakeover yesterday, have no fear! You can catch up by checking out the highlights on our blog. Thanks again to Patrick, Nyasha and Kevin for being such fantastic youth ambassadors! Let's keep the conversations going on #SRHR #CS...More
Posted on: 13th Aug, 2015
" I stand with the world’s young people in calling for measures to secure human rights, economic progress, environmental stewardship and social inclusion." Happy #YouthDay2015!...More
Posted on: 12th Aug, 2015
It's International Youth Day 2015 and our young people Twitter takeover is starting soon - at 12:00 GST +2 to be exact! Be sure to join in the conversation here: https://twitter.com/yptcampaign and don't forget to use #YPTTakeover - looking forward t...More
Posted on: 12th Aug, 2015