EVERY YOUNG PERSON HAS THE RIGHT TO A FULL AND HEALTHY LIFE
As governments, development agencies, civil society, community leaders and parents, we have a duty to prepare and support adolescents and young people with the right information and skills to make safe and healthy decisions about their life and future.
Better education and public health will be hugely beneficial to the health and development of these young people.
This period of their lives is a time of enormous vibrancy, discovery, innovation, and hope. Yet, it is also the time when they face many sexual and reproductive health challenges, including early and unintended pregnancy, HIV and sexually transmitted infections, gender-based violence, and child marriage – all of which can undermine education opportunities, especially for girls, and affect future health and opportunities.
Investing in the education and health of adolescents and young people at the right time ensures that they transition into healthy adults who can contribute productively to the economy.
Eastern and Southern Africa
has 158 million young people aged 10-24,
a number that is expected to rise to
281 million by 2050
Country level coordination
Across the region, all ESA Commitment countries have either established a new or utilized an existing coordinating mechanism with clear terms of reference to guide the implementation of the ESA Commitment, many of them explicitly multi-sectorial.
Countries with technical working groups that are guided by clear terms of reference are better able to ensure a comprehensive and joint national response for addressing the issues of adolescents and young people.
Regional level coordination
The ESA Commitment process is steered by a High-Level Group (HLG) of 10 champions and leaders with a firm interest in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights.
The HLG is assisted by a Technical Coordinating Group (TCG), whose key task is to provide technical, administrative, and financial support to the ESA Commitment process.
Together they play a critical role in advocating for the ESA Commitment in regional and local contexts, in addition to overseeing a unified regional vision.
The Regional Economic Communities are the lead in championing accountability and overseeing implementation of the ESA Commitment.
#OurVoices matter. Be sure to make a date with Reach A Hand Uganda in joining the world to observe the International Day of the Girl Child on Thursday October 12th.
Running under the theme Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress: Accelerating Vision 2040 for the Ugandan Girl" the youth dialogue will be attended by young people, journalists and stakeholders in Katonga Hall at Kampala Serena Hotel.
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