Why Focus on Young People?
If empowered with the right information and skills young people can make safe and healthy decisions about their bodies, their lives, their present and their future. A well informed young generation will accelerate efforts to eliminate new HIV infections, prevent early and unintended pregnancies (EUP), help keep girls in school longer, eliminate child marriage, gender-based violence, and other harmful norms, and practices among adolescents and young people
Be An Askable Adult
Every moment with a young person is precious! The impression one conversation or interaction makes can last for a lifetime, make sure the moments you spent with young people are positive and beneficial for them. Seek to always improve your communication skills so you never miss an opportunity to support adolescents’ healthy decisions.
What Can I Do?
Government Officials and CSOs
Take the lead and own the ESA Commitment as a key joint platform for addressing the needs of young people, supported closely by the RECs, COMESA, EAC and SADC.
As a young person, you can disseminate accurate information, model responsible behaviours, and provide your peers with the skills and motivation to promote healthy behaviours.