Linking Health, Education Critical To Reducing HIV Among Adolescent Girls, Young Women

Huffington Post: Education and Health: Keys to Reducing HIV among Adolescent Girls and Young Women
Mark Dybul, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

“…Hard work by global partners in health succeeded in halting and reversing the spread of HIV worldwide. But adolescent girls and young women have not seen the same progress. … If adolescent girls and young women get the education and access to care to protect themselves, we can beat back HIV in all sectors of the population — including amongst adolescent girls and young women. Through innovative new programs, this is starting to happen. … [One] new approach combines innovative measures that improve health by removing barriers to education among girls, supporting access to sexual and reproductive services, addressing gender-based violence, and improving the well being of girls and their families. To break the interconnected factors of disease, inequality, and poverty, countries and development partners must invest in programs that link health and education…” (2/18).