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Engaging Young People to Fight Against HIV/AIDS

In the last 10 years, Kenya has registered a huge prevention success story in the African region.

Kenya has made many investments in the HIV response that have seen HIV prevalence reduce by half over a decade, new infections have fallen in recent years from 100,000 to about 49,000 every year.

However, during the launch of the UNAIDS report, Health Cabinet secretary Sicily Kariuki noted that adolescent girls and young adult women remain among the hardest-hit population in Kenya and other parts of sub-Saharan Africa.

Great steps have been realised but there is a need to have young people at the centre of HIV prevention and response by engaging them expressively while developing and implementing HIV programmes to address the different risks and vulnerability of girls and boys in their different stages of development.

This year’s World Aids Day stresses on ensuring no adolescent or young person is left behind.

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Timothy Omondi