Cameroon launches initiative to strengthen HIV prevention education among girls


Cameroon on Monday launched a UN-backed initiative, dubbed Education Plus, to reduce HIV infections and empower adolescent girls and young women.

Staying in school longer and providing quality education has a protective benefit in reducing the risk of HIV infection among girls, the country’s Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute said during the launch of the UNAIDS initiative in the capital, Yaounde.

“This official launching ceremony of the Education Plus initiative provides an opportunity for the government to reaffirm its willingness to create an environment where girls can achieve their full potential,” Ngute said during the launching ceremony.

“The legitimate hope is that, the activities undertaken in Cameroon will serve as an example and will be capitalized upon by other countries invited to take part in this initiative. In this logic, I urge public and private actors to pull their resources and efforts in order to place young women at the center of their concerns so that they can have the educational background necessary to mitigate the prevalence of HIV/AIDS,” he added.

The Education Plus initiative is a high-level advocacy drive to accelerate actions and investments to prevent HIV. It is centered on the empowerment of adolescent girls and young women and the achievement of gender equality in sub-Saharan Africa with secondary education as the strategic entry point. Enditem

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