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Friday, July 08, 2016

Rwanda: First Lady Launches New Drive to End HIV Prevalence in Youth


By Athan Tashobya

The First Lady and Chairperson of Imbuto Foundation, Mrs Jeannette Kagame, officiated at the official launch of a new drive to end HIV prevalence among Rwandan youth.

Dubbed "All - In" Adolescent Campaign in Rwanda, it was launched yesterday at Petit Stade -in Remera, Kigali.

Launched under the theme, "Ending adolescent HIV/AIDS in Africa for sustainable development," the continental campaign is championed by the Organisation of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA), with the support of the ONE UN family and the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

In Rwanda, the campaign is spearheaded by the Office of the First Lady through Imbuto Foundation, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MoH), One UN Family and PEPFAR.

The campaign seeks to explore possible ways of reaching adolescents in various capacities by engaging, mobilising and empowering them as leaders and actors of social change, placing adolescent HIV firmly on political agendas.

The campaign aims to unite decision-makers in order to accelerate reductions in AIDS-related deaths and new HIV infections among adolescents by the year 2020, and is also part of the global effort to end AIDS disease for all by the year 2030.

According to the World Health Organisation, AIDS is now the leading cause of death among adolescents aged 10 - 19 in Africa.

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