Adolescent girls and Young Women Programme (AGYW)
The Society for Family Health (SFH) is among the implementing agencies for the Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) initiative with funding from Global Fund. This initiative started in the last quarter of 2016 and is being implemented in selected schools and health facilities in Kunene, Omaheke, Zambezi, Omusati, Kavango East and Kavango West.
The Namibia Population and Housing Census of 2011 indicate that the country has a relatively young population, where 66% of the population is below the age of 30 years. Young people below the age of 25 makes up 58% and adolescents (10-24 years) constitute 33 percent of the total population. The vulnerability of the young people is a concern in the context of Namibia with 43 percent of new infections occurring among 15-29 of age. As women age, HIV prevalence increases with the highest prevalence observed in 20-24-year-old at 9.3 percent. Women and girls, and poor women specifically are particularly vulnerable to HIV infection due to gender inequality and gender based violence. Women’s economic marginalization forces them to depend on men, increasing the likelihood of involvement in “transactional and inter-generational sex, both key drivers of the epidemic”.
Overall aim of this initiative is to reduce vulnerability of adolescent girls and young women to HIV infection, unintended pregnancies and related social determinants. Therefore interventions are designed with the objectives of:
Other structural drivers of risk for HIV infections be it from legal, economic and social factors fall outside the health and education sectors. These factors are not included in this initiative and should be highly considered as the program expands.
The current AGYW program is designed around the following interventions:
Highlight of Achievements
Positive Parenting workshop
26 Participants at this training include Program Officers from the Society for Family Health, Community Health Facilitators, and health providers from the Ministry of Health and Social Services from Omaheke, Zambezi, Kavango East & West, Omusati and Kunene region.
The overall objective of the training was to equip participants with skills on how to build positive relationships with children and adolescents using various communication skills; and to enable them to provide a supportive and user-friendly, client oriented service which respects the privacy of parents and their children including adolescents living with HIV.
Teen Clubs for adolescents living with HIV
For many young boys and girls who are living with HIV and on ART often lack strong social networks, the personal relationships they forge at Teen Club are the most invaluable part of initiative. Discussions on reproductive and sexual health, stigma and discrimination, living positively, building healthy relationships, and disclosure of status (among many others) have empower these young boys and girls to engage openly in addressing their concerns as they relate to their status.
Why Teen Clubs for adolescents living with HIV?
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