Subscribe

AIDS has become top killer of adolescents in Africa

Eight health organizations have launched a global campaign to stem the spread of HIV among young adults. Adolescent girls in Sub-Saharan Africa are most affected.

  • close
    A youth uses a syringe to take her medication at Nkosi's Haven, south of Johannesburg, South Africa, November 28, 2014.
    Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters/File
    View Caption
  • About video ads
    View Caption
of

AIDS has become the leading cause of death for adolescents in Africa and the second leading cause of death among adolescents globally, global health agencies said Tuesday.

About 120,000 people aged between 10-19 years died of AIDs-related illnesses in 2013, eight international organizations said while launching a global campaign in Kenya to stem the spread among adolescents. U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Deborah Birx said the future of the region rests in the health and well-being of the youth.

Adolescent girls 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.

In South Africa in 2013, more than 860 girls became infected with HIV every week, compared to 170 boys, the organizations said.

The campaign, called "All In" will seek to address the imbalance by encouraging strategic changes in policy and involving more young people in the effort, the organizations said.

UNAIDS said it aims to reduce HIV infections in adolescents by 75 percent, and AIDS-related deaths by 65 percent by 2020.

About these ads
Sponsored Content by LockerDome
 
 
Make a Difference
Inspired? Here are some ways to make a difference on this issue.
FREE Newsletters
Get the Monitor stories you care about delivered to your inbox.
 

We want to hear, did we miss an angle we should have covered? Should we come back to this topic? Or just give us a rating for this story. We want to hear from you.

Loading...

Loading...

Loading...

Save for later

Save
Cancel

Saved ( of items)

This item has been saved to read later from any device.
Access saved items through your user name at the top of the page.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You reached the limit of 20 saved items.
Please visit following link to manage you saved items.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You have already saved this item.

View Saved Items

OK