Haufiku told the First National School Health Forum Wednesday in the capital Windhoek that the nation has become complacent on advocacy.


Statistics provided by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) indicate that about 50 percent of new infections in Namibia affect young women aged between 15 and 24. The statistics further indicate that 43 percent of these infections affect school-going children.

Education permanent secretary Sanet Steenkamp said there are about 25,000 pupils living with HIV.
Addressing the same symposium, UNICEF country representative Michaela Marques de Sousa said HIV programs for teenagers were lacking or non-existent.

Haufiku said maybe those involved in HIV work think they have done enough advocacy and communication in the filed of HIV.

“Yet we forget that every year a new wave of 13-year-olds enter this complicated developmental stage, adolescence, meaning we cannot claim to have finished our work on communicating HIV with and for adolescence,” he said.

“Global evidence suggests that a youth bulge that is neglected can lead to increased crime, economic decline, civil unrest as well as a decline in health and social outcomes,” De Sousa said. Enditem

Source: Xinhua


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