The reality of rising infection rates

Every week, 7000 adolescent girls and young women, aged 15-24, are infected with HIV globally – one third of these infections occur in young women in South Africa.

We know that adolescent girls and young women are eight times more likely to be living with HIV than boys and young men of the same age.

Among those living with HIV, Aids is now the leading cause of death among adolescents in Africa.

AVIWE’s focus

Why do we focus on AGYW?

Young women are more vulnerable to HIV infection than their male counterparts:
Despite important efforts to strengthen HIV prevention, care and treatment education, comprehensive knowledge among young women is still very low.
Young women experience sexual violence
The physical trauma from forced sex increases the vulnerability of young women to HIV infection.
Cultural values and gender norms
Gender inequality contributes significantly to young women’s vulnerability to HIV infection and to the spread of HIV.
Health care

Quality youth friendly health care services are needed to meet the sexual and reproductive health needs of young women.

AVIWE’s objectives

AVIWE aims to provide assistance to programmes to improve HIV prevention, care and treatment outcomes for adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) in South Africa.
The following activities will focus on supporting regional training centres and Department of Health at national and provincial level.
Knowledge management
Knowledge management
To generate, organise and communicate AGYW programming knowledge.
Technical assistance
Technical assistance
To strengthen the integration and implementation of effective AGYW training.
Capacity building
Capacity building
To provide support in integrating and implementing comprehensive AGYW services.
Promising practices
Promising practices
To identify, evaluate, document and share promising practices related to AGYW programming to relevant stakeholders.

AVIWE donors

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