Number of new HIV infections among adolescent girls and boys (15-19) and young women and men (20-24)
Target for 2017: reduce by 50%
Target for 2020: reduce by 75%
The total percentage of people aged 15 years and above in Namibia who can both read and write is 89%. The minimum school leaving age is 16 years while attendance is still high at 90%. Reproductive health and comprehensive sexuality education has been integrated into the life-skills curriculum as well as in subjects like Biology and Life Science. Primary and secondary school teachers receive training on the curriculum.
Family planning services are free and available to all Namibians, with all facilities providing family planning, counselling and contraceptives. HIV infections are also declining. Some of the key drivers for infection still include lack of male circumcision, multiple partners, excessive alcohol use, transactional and intergenerational sex and lack of knowledge of status/HIV testing.
The Charter of Rights and the National Policy on HIV and AIDS for the Education Sector both suggest that young people are meant to have access to comprehensive sexuality education and sexual and reproductive health services. Mobile testing units and young people-friendly testing centres are becoming more common with further implementation.
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