About the Initiative

In a global context, sub-Saharan Africa remains the region most affected by the HIV epidemic. This is despite positive signs that HIV prevalence is declining overall among young people.

The high numbers of new infections among young people remains a serious concern.

HIV-related stigma and discrimination, including attitudes based on laws and policies, continue to impede responses to the epidemic and very often prevent young people from accessing sexual and reproductive health services.

At the same time, young people in the region are demanding access to comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) and health services.

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Although the education sector can play a key role in improving young people's sexual reproductive health, this alone cannot meet all the needs of young people.

Health Education

The health sector also needs to be part of the discussion to ensure that the education being taught in schools is complemented and consistent with the services being provided in the region. While the mandates of the health and education sector are clearly different, the linkages between the two are critical for ensuring a holistic approach to influencing and enabling young people’s sexual reproductive health and rights.

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BRINGING EDUCATION AND HEALTH TOGETHER AMONG 21 COUNTRIES.

In late 2011, under the leadership of UNAIDS and with the support of the Regional Economic Communities (EAC and SADC) and Civil Society partners, the UN initiated a process that aimed to develop and implement a commitment around the health needs and rights of young people.

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What’s going to change this picture, and change it now? Part of the answer lies in the knowledge and skills which adolescents and young people need to prepare themselves for adulthood, being a parent, being a global citizen, the world of work and life in the 21st century.

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