AIDS Leading Cause Of Death Among Adolescents In Africa; U.N. Launches Initiative To End Epidemic Among Age Group

Associated Press: Health groups say AIDS No. 1 killer of adolescents in Africa
“…Global health organizations said Tuesday that AIDS is now the leading cause of death for adolescents in Africa, and the second leading cause of death among adolescents globally. … Adolescent girls, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, are most affected, said the organizations which included UNAIDS, U.N. children’s fund, World Health Organization, and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief or PEPFAR, among others…” (Odula, 2/17).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Africa must talk to teens about sex to avert new AIDS crisis
“The HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa will explode again unless parents and teachers start talking to teenagers about sex, experts warned on Tuesday…” (Migiro, 2/17).

U.N. News Centre: U.N. launches ‘All In’ initiative to end adolescent AIDS
“In the fight against HIV/AIDS, progress for adolescents has fallen behind, world leaders gathered at a United Nations meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, stressed [Tuesday], as they launched a global initiative that aims to end the second leading cause of death among young people worldwide. … The ‘All In’ initiative, a partnership between UNAIDS (Joint U.N. Program on HIV/AIDS) and UNICEF, aims to reach adolescents with HIV services designed for their specific needs and to fast-track progress to advance global efforts to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030…” (2/17).

UNAIDS: Leaders from around the world are All In to end the AIDS epidemic among adolescents
“…All In focuses on four key action areas: engaging, mobilizing, and empowering adolescents as leaders and actors of social change; improving data collection to better inform programming; encouraging innovative approaches to reach adolescents with essential HIV services adapted to their needs; and placing adolescent HIV firmly on political agendas to spur concrete action and mobilize resources…” (2/17).

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