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Advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights of young women at risk of HIV
Posted: Oct 20, 2016
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Advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights of young women at risk of HIV

Current approaches to HIV prevention typically target people who are identified as, or self-identify, with being at risk. In Africa, 74% of new HIV infections are among adolescent girls aged 15–19 years, and AIDS-related illnesses are the leading cause of death among adolescent girls and women of reproductive age.1 Hundreds of millions of dollars spent on developing and testing biomedical interventions to prevent HIV in women have not succeeded in reducing HIV incidence.

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Posted: Aug 10, 2016
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Migori County — In some parts of the world, the proverbial “glass ceiling” is shattering. As Theresa May and, most likely, Hillary Clinton join Angela Merkel at the leadership of three major world powers, women’s leadership in politics is on the ascent.

Unfortunately, improvements in political representation has not been accompanied by improvements in the material conditions of ordinary women’s lives.

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Posted: Aug 10, 2016
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The vaccination campaign is aimed at protecting girls from cervical cancer.

The Gauteng departments of health and education have rolled out a second dose vaccination campaign to protect girls from cervical cancer.

“The HPV is most effective when given to young girls who have not yet engaged in sexual activities as it works only as prevention rather than a cure,” health spokesperson Steve Mabona said on Wednesday.

“The campaign is conducted biannually and targets all Grade 4 girls in public primary and special schools. Moreover, all the Grade 5 girls who received their first HPV dose in September 2015 are now due for their second HPV dose.”

The second phase started early this month and will continue until September this year.

Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu urged parents to sign consent forms for their schoolgirls.

“The department is encouraging all parents and caregivers to cooperate and sign the consent forms to allow their children to be immunised. No learners will be immunised without having signed consent forms,” she said.

Posted: Aug 10, 2016
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POLITICAL campaigns in Zambia are coming to a close today as the nation goes to the polls tomorrow.
All parliamentary candidates have said what they had to tell the electorate as they canvass for votes.
But one issue which has largely been missing from their messages is sexual reproductive health.
Ironically, their campaigns have mostly been characterised by messages on how they will deal with infrastructure development in their constituencies.

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