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UN launches ‘All In’ platform to end AIDS among youth

UNAIDS, UNICEF and its partners launched the ‘All In’ platform in Nairobi on Wednesday, to take action against the adolescent AIDS epidemic

President Uhuru Kenyatta launched All In, which is a UNAIDS, UNICEF initiative to combat AIDS among the youth. The partner organisations are: UNFPA, WHO, PEPFAR, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the MTV Staying Alive Foundation and youth movements represented by PACT and Y+.

According to UNICEF, “the platform for action against the adolescent AIDS epidemic focuses on four key action areas: engaging, mobilising 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 mobilise resources.”

AIDS is reportedly the leading cause of death for young people aged 10-19 years of age. In Africa, the disease is the leading cause of death for this age group and adolescent girls in sub-Saharan Africa, are most affected.

“By including adolescents in decision-making processes that have a direct effect on their lives, this initiative will be a catalyst for change,” said President Kenyatta. “Kenya is proud to support this new initiative.”

Source: UNICEF Media Center

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