Plan to fight HIV/AIDS among adolescents launched

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A new platform of action to fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic among adolescents was launched in Nairobi, Kenya on Tuesday.

UNAIDS, and the UN children's agency (UNICEF) are partnering with several UN and other agencies as well as youth movements in the new effort against AIDS.

President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya launched the platform known as All IN in the presence of leaders from around the world.

Derrick Mbatha reports.

AIDS has become the leading cause of death for adolescents in Africa, according to UNAIDS.

Globally, the agency adds, AIDS is second only to traffic accidents as the leading cause of death for adolescents.

UNAIDS points out that just one in four children and adolescents under the age of 15 have access to life-saving antiretroviral treatments.

Furthermore, new HIV infections are not declining as rapidly as they are among other age groups, UNDAIS notes.

Sophie Barton-Knott, from UNAIDS, explains what the new ALL IN platform of action will focus on.

"ALL IN will focus on four key areas: engaging, mobilizing and empowering adolescents as leaders and as actors of change, improving data collection to better inform programming, encouraging innovative approaches to reach adolescents with essential HIV services and placing adolescent HIV firmly on political agendas to ensure concrete actions and to mobilize resources." (23")

UNAIDS says the new platform of action is aimed at fast-tracking progress among an age group critical to advancing global efforts to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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