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  • Thursday, 29 February 2024
UNICEF Report Highlights Alarming HIV Cases Among Children and Young People in Sierra Leone

UNICEF Report Highlights Alarming HIV Cases Among Children and Young People in Sierra Leone

UNICEF Report Highlights Alarming HIV Cases Among Children and Young People in Sierra Leone

 

Sierra Leone grapples with a concerning rise in HIV infections among its youth, as revealed in a recent UNICEF report. Approximately 7,000 children aged 0 to 14 and 13,000 young people aged 15 to 24 are affected, with a significant 74% of the latter being girls living with HIV.

 

The report underscores the pressing need for targeted efforts to address the specific challenges faced by young girls in terms of HIV prevention, treatment, and reproductive health. UNICEF Sierra Leone advocates for the rights of every adolescent girl and young woman to access proper reproductive health services.

 

Emphasizing comprehensive strategies, the organization calls for a focus not only on HIV prevention and treatment but also on the reproductive health needs of young girls. The urgent call to action aims to create an environment where these girls can exercise their right to health services tailored to their unique needs and circumstances.

 

Sierra Leone stands at a critical juncture in its battle against HIV, and UNICEF's advocacy highlights the necessity of addressing gender-specific challenges in the country's healthcare system. The report serves as a wake-up call for increased investment and commitment to ensuring every adolescent girl and young woman has access to the necessary resources for maintaining reproductive health and preventing further HIV spread.

 

 

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