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Youth and Adolescent Prevention Strategies

Key youth prevention strategies are divided by those available in school and those offered to youth outside of the education system.

In school, particular attention is paid to vulnerable adolescents and at-risk youth. In Mali, it is estimated that two out of three young people do not believe that AIDS exists, according to an analytical study on the situation of youth in Mali with respect to HIV/AIDS. To counteract this dangerous misconception, the Mali-UNICEF country programme works closely with educators, administrators and local partners to disseminate simple key facts for prevention and assistance.

Outside of the traditional education system, four key elements have been aligned to reach those most vulnerable:

• Establishment of six task force with vulnerable youth and at-risk adolescents (drug users, MSM, sex workers, seasonal migrants, girls in schools) to develop preventive activities for their peers;
• Organization of voluntary screening sessions during major social events for youths (Tour d’Afrique cycling race, Festival on the Niger, etc.);
• Training and scaling-up of task force members in basic HIV/AIDS information in five regions to build their capacity for advocacy and prevention;
• Equipment for youth centres in six regions to promote friendly and recreational activities for children and adolescents.



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