Growing Youth Populations In Africa Create Challenges, Opportunities For Efforts To End AIDS
Friends of the Global Fight Blog: Demographic Youth Bulge Creates Major Challenges in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS
John McMannis, communications manager at Friends of the Global Fight, discusses the impact and challenges of changing demographics in Africa, where young people account for increasing proportions of populations. McMannis writes, “The growth in the youth population in Africa has coincided with incredible progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS. … However, as the population of young people across Africa continues to grow, their risk of exposure to HIV will increase. … [S]caling targeted prevention programs for a demographic group can make a real difference…” (7/11).