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Sunday 25 February 2018

Aids toll on Africa youth revealed

Eight international organisations have launched a campaign to stem the spread of Aids among adolescents in Africa
Eight international organisations have launched a campaign to stem the spread of Aids among adolescents in Africa

Aids has become the leading cause of death for adolescents in Africa and the second leading cause of death among adolescents globally, according to global health agencies.

Eight international organisations have launched a campaign in Kenya to stem the spread among adolescents. They said about 120,000 people aged between 10 and 19 died of Aids-related illnesses in 2013.

The organisations, including UNAIDS, the UN children's fund, the World Health Organisation and the US President's Emergency Plan for Aids Relief, or PEPFAR, say adolescent girls in sub-Saharan Africa are most affected.

US global Aids co-ordinator Deborah Birx said the future of the region rests in the health and well-being of the youth. UNAIDS says it aims to reduce HIV infections in adolescents by 75%, and Aids-related deaths by 65% by 2020.

Press Association

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