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Friday, February 23 2018 @ 10:15 PM CST

HIV Response Among Adolescents

Today, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and representatives from UNAIDS, UNICEF, UNFPA, WHO, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the MTV Staying Alive Foundation along with youth movements represented by PACT and Y+ convened in Nairobi, Kenya to launch ALL IN – a platform for action to end AIDS among adolescents. At the event, PEPFAR was represented by U.S. Ambassador to Kenya, Robert F. Godec, who participated in a panel discussion with representatives from the Government of Kenya and international organizations committed to an AIDS-free generation.

The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief has had a longstanding commitment to the youth in sub-Saharan Africa. Since 2004, the program has invested over $4 billion globally in HIV prevention and treatment programs for youth—more than $432 million of that was invested in Kenya. PEPFAR’s support includes procuring HIV medication, pediatric care, programs targeting orphans and vulnerable children, and two new initiatives that we launched in 2014. Last year alone, PEPFAR invested about $807 million globally and nearly $66 million in Kenya--comprehensively supporting children and adolescents.

The Accelerating Children’s HIV Treatment (ACT) initiative, is funded by PEPFAR and the U.K.-based Children’s Investment Fund Foundation. It will enable 300,000 more children living with HIV/AIDS to receive life-saving medication. AIDS-related deaths among adolescents have been on the increase and the ACT initiative will help us save lives so children can live with HIV instead of die from AIDS.

The other new initiative focusing on youth is DREAMS. It was launched by First Lady Michelle Obama's office on World AIDS Day 2014. PEPFAR is working with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Nike Foundation to reduce new HIV infections in adolescent girls and young women, who have a higher risk of HIV infection than boys and men their same age. DREAMS will help girls reach their full potential and remain HIV-free.

To achieve an AIDS-free generation, we have to prevent the spread of HIV and ensure those who are living with HIV/AIDS have access to medication, stay on treatment, and remain healthy.

To learn more about the U.S. government’s commitment to youth in Africa, visit the Young African Leaders Initiative.


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