All posts tagged: Adolescent health

What We Need to Know About HIV & Adolescent Girls

The term ‘adolescent girls’ encompasses, in theory, all those aged 10-24. In reality, the lower section of that age bracket – the 10-19 year olds specifically – receive the least attention and are therefore the least comprehensively catered for when it comes to HIV/AIDS information and services. So what do we know? There is no country in the world where we don’t have adolescents living with HIV, and adolescent girls remain disproportionately affected. There are 990,000 girls between 10-19 years old living with HIV globally. For boys of the same age, that figure drops to 770, 000. Every hour, 26 adolescents are infected with HIV – two thirds of these are girls. Adolescent AIDS-related deaths are increasing. Very young adolescents are generally overlooked, since at this age they face a relatively low burden of disease. However, 10-14 is a critical life phase for shaping future health and development. And what don’t we know? There are HUGE differences between 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14 year old girls, but we don’t have data that represents those differences by being divided up into …

Youth Speak Out About HIV/AIDS!

Today, Girls’ Globe blogger, Eleanor met up with several young people at the 2016 International AIDS Conference. It’s the last full day of the conference and these inspiring young activists had a lot to say about the work they are accomplishing to combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic in their countries. They also shared key takeaways they have learned from the conference and their goals going forward in their work. Watch this Inspiring Video:   Girls’ Globe is present at the 2016 International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa (17-22nd of July). Follow our team on social media @GirlsGlobe, @FHI360 & @JNJGlobalHealth and by using the hashtag #EndHIV4Her for inspiring blog posts, interviews and updates! To sign up for the daily In Focus Newsletter visit crowd360.org/aids2016/.

To #EndHIV4Her: Tackle Child Marriage

To say that child marriage and HIV among adolescents are linked feels a lot like stating the obvious. But I learned today, at Day 3 of the 2016 International AIDS Conference, there is very little formal knowledge to back that claim up. The overarching message from this morning’s discussion was a simple one; it is really difficult, if not totally impossible, to tackle HIV unless you tackle child marriage. On the one hand, girls and young women make up approximately two out of every 3 new HIV infections among people aged 10-24 years. On the other, 15 million girls per year are married before they turn 18. Two global problems of colossal scale with two sets of similar causes; gender inequality, poverty, rigid social norms, lack of education, inaccessible health information and services. And yet until recently, the relationship between the two has remained pretty much ignored. It was even suggested at one point that this session may well be a historic moment – recognition at last of their interwoven nature. Girls Not Brides, who hosted the panel, have created a fact …

Inspiring #EndHIV4Her Videos!

T he 2016 International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa on Monday of this week. The first few days have been a whirlwind of excited for the Girls’ Globe team! This week, Eleanor (UK ) and Zanele (South Africa) are sitting down with thought leaders, young people and organizations to learn what we know, do not know and need to know in regards to addressing the issue of HIV/AIDS among women and girls. Below are three inspiring video interviews exploring the progress made for women and girls as well as personal conversations with HIV-Positive mothers and their teens. Let’s Talk About HIV/AIDS Progress for Women and Girls! Candid Conversations with HIV-Positive Mothers and their Teens How Are You Working to #EndHIV4Her?   Girls’ Globe is present at the 2016 International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa (17-22nd of July). Follow our team on social media @GirlsGlobe, @FHI360 & @JNJGlobalHealth and by using the hashtag #EndHIV4Her for inspiring blog posts, interviews and updates! To sign up for the daily In Focus Newsletter visit crowd360.org/aids2016/.

Young People’s Leadership in Ending AIDS by 2030

54 young people from  17 different countries across Africa, hosted a Youth Satellite Session at the 21st International AIDS Conference on Youth Leadership in Achieving Universal Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights and Ending AIDS by 2030, hosted in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), South Africa’s National Department of Health and Johnson & Johnson. The youth satellite session was  creatively organised, featuring poetry, drama, music and a panel discussion where the young people shared perspectives on how living with and without HIV affects them individually and broadly within the communities they live in. They engaged in an intriguing  inter-generational dialogue with key decision makers, stressing the need for multilateral organizations and governments to collaborate with young people to deliver better programs and initiatives at local levels. This could help to achieve better results towards reducing new infections and ultimately ending HIV/AIDS amongst youth and adolescents aged 15-24 across the continent. Meaningful youth engagement was mentioned as a prerequisite in giving  young people the opportunity  to be part of leadership structures that are involved in the …

Welcome to #AIDS2016!

This week, 18,000 people will gather in Durban, South Africa for the 2016 International AIDS Conference. It’s the largest conference on any global health or development issue in the world, and this year marks its return to Durban for the first time since 2000. The progress that’s been made in that time is undeniable, and worthy of celebration. In 2000, fewer than 700,000 people received antiretroviral medicines; today, 15 million people have access to this lifesaving treatment, and HIV infections have declined 35 percent. But it’s far too soon to declare victory on this pandemic; there’s a lot to be done. Many of the obstacles that stood in the way of effective prevention and treatment in 2000 stand there, stubbornly, still in our way today. There is a seemingly endless list of pressing items to discuss in Durban this week. There are many groups of people marginalized and under-prioritized in our current global response. But the AIDS-free world that everyone attending or following the conference this week feels so passionately about achieving is only possible if we address the …

WHO Bulletin features Youth Editorial on the Global Strategy

The May 2016 issue of the Bulletin of the World Health Organization was published today.  The Volume 94, Number 5, May 309 – 404 journal has a special theme devoted to  the health of women, adolescents and children, focused on the implementation of the Global Strategy (2016 – 2030). South African social justice writer and Girls Globe blogger, Zanele Mabaso’s article is featured amongst the high-level editorial publications, which ascribes the inclusion of adolescent outcomes in the global strategy to young people’s participation titled “Young people’s contribution to the Global Strategy for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health (2016 – 2030)”   with contributions from co-authors Temitayo Erogbogbo and Kadidiatou Toure. The issue additionally features young medical doctor from Benin, Dr Joannie Bewa sharing how campaigns for sex education and free contraception are changing reproductive health prospects for young people in Benin. The Youth Editorial on Young people’s contribution on the Global Strategy for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health (2016 – 2030) can be found here. Article [HTML] ¦ Article pdf 108kb ¦ DAISY 9kb ¦ …

Adolescent Reproductive Health Concerns in Sub-Saharan Africa

Young people make up the greatest proportion of the population in sub-Saharan Africa, with more than one-third of the population between the ages of 10 and 24. And sub-Saharan Africa is the only region of the world in which the number of young people continues to grow substantially. By 2025, the number of young people (aged 10 to 24) in this region is expected to increase to 436 million. Furthermore, the population is projected to further increase to 605 million by 2050. Adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa have particular reproductive health vulnerabilities such as high adolescent birth rate, gender inequality, early marriage, abduction, harmful traditional practices (such as female genital cutting), unwanted and closely spaced pregnancies, unsafe abortions, and STIs. These young people need access to sexual and reproductive health information and services so they can use contraception, prevent unintended pregnancy and decide if and when to have children. At the same time, these investments allow young people especially girls to take advantage of education and employment opportunities. Ultimately, if nations want to give young people …

Girls’ Globe chats with Femme International!

G irls’ Globe continues our health series to highlight the work being done to improve women’s, girls’ and adolescent health around the world. Yesterday, we spoke with Femme International‘s Co-Founder, Sabrina Rubli. Femme is one of our featured organizations and works to address unique health and safety needs among women and girls in East Africa. Femme believes all women deserve the opportunity to empower themselves through education and personal health. By providing females with innovative tools and knowledge, we hope to facilitate their ability to overcome gender-specific barriers. If you missed our conversation, you can watch the video below: Watch our inspiring hangout with Femme International!