Health and Nutrition

Health and Nutrition


Addressing Risks and Reducing HIV among Young People

©UNICEFNamibia/2013/Manuel Moreno

Address risks and vulnerability of young people to HIV infection.

Adolescents and young people (10 - 24 years).

Namibia is one of the countries with the highest HIV prevalence in the world; currently 18.2% amongst pregnant women aged 15-49, and 5.4% among  15-19 year old. Despite high levels of HIV knowledge, large numbers of young men and women continue to have risky sexual practices such as unprotected sex, multiple and concurrent partners and they have a low perception of their own risk. Of the new infections in 2008, an estimated 31% were among young people aged between 15-24 years, and 68% of these are females.

Communication with young people is made possible by the high accessibility of mobile phone technology in the country: between 55% to 88% of people 16 years and older have access to mobile phones. Another opportunity to reach young people exists through sport, as there is a large amount of interest in many sports, especially soccer amongst young people (over 50% are interested in soccer, although a much smaller percentage actively participate in the sport).

Data sources: HIV Sentinel Surveillance 2008; Namibia Demo-graphic and Health Survey 2006/7

©UNICEFNamibia/2013/Mark Sinclair

By end 2018 66% of school going girls and boys benefit from a continued access to information through innovative approaches as part of Technology for Development

Indicator: Net Enrolment Rate at secondary (grade 8-12)

Indicator: Survival rate to grade 8 and 11 

Indicator: Percentage of grade 8 learners receiving Life Skills education 

Indicator: % of pregnant women 15-24 that are HIV 





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