In parts of South America, public health systems are being challenged by the Zika virus and creating a new wave of doubt for us. And it feels like only minutes ago that we were in the grasps of the Ebola outbreak, which caused awful loss and this kind of enormous disruption of life
On a recent visit to Africa, I used to be reminded that within this international context of new health challenges stays a considerably overly recognizable risk: that of HIV
HIV has been with us for much too much time. It was nearly thirty years back that it had been embroiled together with the airing of the Grim Reaper effort into prevalent public consciousness in Australia. Whilst much has changed since then – speeds of HIV infections worldwide are down compared with year 2000 degrees – way too many individuals losing out and are being left behind.
On this International Women’s Day, I do believe it is time to reflect on the specific risk that HIV presents to girls.
HIV remains the largest killer of women of reproductive age. More than one third of new HIV infections worldwide happen among young women in sub Saharan Africa, a group accounting for 68 percent of young individuals between the ages of 15-24 years. This translates into more than 2,000 new HIV infections per week among young women in South Africa alone.
All these are shocking figures, however there’s hope. There’s persuasive evidence that schooling results that are better result in improved health outcomes for girls and young women, especially as it pertains to HIV.
A study last year, conducted in Botswana demonstrated that for every additional year of school there was an eight percent decrease in the chance of HIV disease, especially for young women. Being in learning and school reduces a number of health dangers for girls, vulnerability to sexually transmitted diseases, including early sexual debut, pregnancy and sex -based violence. We all know that for the 63 million girls of primary and lower-secondary age out of school, it’s not even better: they’re three times more prone to get HIV than girls in school.
If we invest in girls’ education, health benefits will follow. A better-educated girl is more unlikely to get HIV and much more apt in order to make her own choices about exactly how many kids she will have and when she weds. And it makes a difference for her; it makes a difference for generations in the future. Her kids are far more inclined to be vaccinated prone to survive infanthood and more inclined to attend school themselves.
Given the virtuous cycle between the health and accessibility to quality schooling of a young woman, we should ask ourselves – So what can we do to really make a difference? Assembling more powerful, instruction systems that are better and fair is crucial to enhancing learning results – which is in the center of the work of the Global Partnership for Education.
Plans supported by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria link opportunities and health instruction for girls and young women getting health services and helping them to remain in school.
Instruction empowers girls to make decisions that are balanced, fostering their self esteem and developing abilities and the wisdom they have to negotiate relationships that are safer. We should continue to put a higher premium on the standard of instruction as well as accessibility to ; because this can be the best tool we have for keeping the scourge of diseases like HIV far away, and keeping our girls healthy.