Those of us working in the HIV response know that young people are uniquely vulnerable to new infections. We hear the troubling statistics about risk, especially for young women. For example, young women in sub-Saharan Africa, is 8 times more likely than her male counterpart to be HIV contract HIV. If she is also a sex worker or injecting drug user, she is barred from accessing the information and services that she needs to stay healthy.
Joy Lynn Alegarbes, Master Trainer for the CONDOMIZE! Campaign, shows how to use the Cupid female condom.
Throughout the session rooms of this 17th ICASA, it’s clear that gender inequality is a key driver of HIV in Africa. Gender-based violence, harmful practices against girls (like child marriage and female genital cutting) and violence against women in key affected populations all increase risk for HIV infection.
By Sydney Hushie, Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GYCA) – Leadership. Accountability. Participation. These are the three principles guiding the ICASA YouthFront at this 17th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa. The goal of the YouthFront campaign is to draw attention to the gaps in programming for young people, call for accountability from leadership and young people alike, and strengthen participatory mechanisms for young people in the global HIV response.
Leaders, advocates, community members and performers welcomed delegates to the 17th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa. Read tweets, photos and quotes by opening ceremony attendees.
Four member of the Girls’ Globe team traveled to Addis Ababa to report live from the International Conference on Family Planning. Read through the entire archive of their blogs, videos and photos.
The Citizen // by Stella Barozi – Young people aged 10-24 constitute 25 per cent of the world’s total population, according to the World’s Youth 2013 Data Sheet by Population Reference Bureau (PRB). Lack of information and reproductive health services also puts both young girls and boys at risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV. In view of this, some international organizations are coming up with strategies to give young people full access and full choice of quality reproductive health information and services. Full post >>
For several days before the start of the 2013 International Family Planning Conference, a group of journalists from eight sub-Saharan countries and India had a chance to examine the health care system that has won Ethiopia much praise. These journalists are participating in Population Reference Bureau’s Women’s Edition project, funded by USAID. In visits to Health Posts and Health Centers and through interviews with Health Extension Workers, Health Officers and other health staff the reporters learned how Ethiopia has brought reproductive health care, including family planning, into the furthest reaches of the country. Full post >>
More than 20 Ministers of Finance and Planning, Health, Youth, and Gender are among the leaders who will convene on 12 November to discuss the investments needed— especially in family planning—to meet the needs of Africa’s youth today, and to maximize their future potential for national development. The High-Level Ministerial Meeting will be held in conjunction with the third International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP 2013) in Addis Ababa. Full post >>
Devex // by Jay Gribble, PRB – Within a few days, thousands of members of the global family planning community will come together in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to talk about ways to advance the health and economic well-being of women worldwide by improving the delivery of family planning services and information. Full post >>