Youth and HIV/AIDS

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What we do

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What we achieve

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© UNICEF Madagascar/2009
Young peer educators like Garcia, who is part of the Nosy Be network in north west Madagascar, help spread their knowledge of sexual health issues among young people across the country.

Increasingly, adolescents and young people in Madagascar are able to participate in their country's local, national and international development dialogue, and UNICEF's work has helped establish multiple platforms for expression.   In July 2010, with UNICEF's support, Madagascar sent four young people to the African Youth Forum in Uganda.   At home, across the country, the Junior Reporters' Club initiative now supports 30 JRCs in 20 cities in 16 regions. These clubs are producing weekly radio programmes, helping to raise awareness on issues including sexual health, education and employment; and reinforcing life skills among their peers.       UNICEF aims to strengthen the life skills of more than a million young people and adolescents by 2012, to help enable them to meet the challenges that they face and encourage them to communicate their feelings about the events that mark their lives.  

The work of a nationwide network of peer educators, is giving young people the information they need to make important decisions about their lives and their sexual health. Work continues to ensure that young people are fully aware of sexual health issues, and know how to protect themselves from sexually transmitted infections. Madagascar’s HIV prevalence rate has remained below 1 percent, and UNICEF is continuing its work to maintain this figure. In addition, UNICEF is strengthening activities among those groups most at risk of HIV infection. 

The integration of HIV services into UNICEF-supported antenatal care consultation programmes is helping to identify and treat pregnant women who test positive for the virus. In Madagascar, 100 percent of seropositive screened women and their babies are receiving antiretroviral treatment to prevent the mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

At a community level, technical assistance and continued advocacy to local authorities on issues relating to young people is helping to create an environment in which youth participation in communication strategies is growing. In remote communities, more young people are being reached with information that allows them to learn more about their rights, claim access to sexual health and other services, and use these services effectively.





Voices of Youth


African Youth Forum


Youth delegates at the African Youth Forum (AYF) represented 40 countries in Africa, and at the end of three days of intense discussions, they issued their governments with a strong call to action. Read it here.

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