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13 Million African Women

The African Women Development Fund launched the 13 Campaign based on the 2004 UNAIDS report stating that 13.1 million African women were infected with HIV.

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Summit on Women and HIV/AIDS in Nairobi

The first-ever International Women's Summit on Women's Leadership and HIV and AIDS, co-hosted by the World YWCA and YWCA of Kenya, will open on July 5 in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Make Juliet’s Dream a Reality

HIV-positive Kenyan Juliet Awuor, featured in PAI's film "Abstaining from Reality", dreams of leaving the slum and getting an education. You can help make her dream come true.

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Improving U.S. Global AIDS Policy for Young People

Advocates for Youth releases a new policy report today which presents findings from programs in Kenya and South Africa that are funded by the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

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Abstaining from Reality

Population Action International's latest documentary "Abstaining from Reality: U.S. Restrictions on HIV Prevention" provides a compelling snapshot of the Bush administration's abstinence-only approach to global HIV prevention. Watch the video!

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Catastrophic Silence on Adolescent Sexuality

Conservative abstinence-only policies in America reverberate with unintended consequences in Kenya and throughout Africa, endangering the lives of young people globally.

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Youth, Wealth and HIV Prevention

Nyovani Janet Madise is a senior research scientist at the African Population & Health Research Center (a research partner of the Guttmacher Institute) in Nairobi, Kenya. She is in New York today to participate in a United Nations panel on youth as part of the 40th session of the Commission and Population and Development.

I just arrived in New York, among other reasons to participate in a panel discussion today titled "Preparing the Next Generation—Safeguarding Adolescents' Healthy Transition to Adulthood." The panel is a side event on the occasion of the meeting of the UN's Commission on Population and Development.

My recent work has focused on solving what at first glance may seem like a contradiction: The poorest adolescents in Africa engage in riskier sexual behavior, but, according to recent evidence, the wealthiest adolescents have the highest rates of HIV. I suspect that this may be because wealthier young people can afford to have sexual relationships with more partners, thus increasing their exposure to the virus.

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Beyond Donor Support: Safe Motherhood in Kenya

Editor's Note: Today we welcome Florence Machio, a journalist writing from Kenya. She has experience in reproductive health, global health and human rights and will be reporting on reproductive health in Africa.

2007 is the halfway mark to achieving the Millennium Development Goals, one of which focuses on reduction of maternal mortality by 2015. It also marks nine years since the World Health Organization's 1998 statement declared safe motherhood a human right, yet contraception is far from being available in many parts of the world.

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Agnes Pareiyo: Ending Female Genital Mutilation in Kenya

Sarah Craven serves as the Chief of the Washington Office of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

Agnes Pareiyo, the Founder and Director of the Tasaru Ntomonok Rescue Center in Kenya, is one tough cookie Just on the edge of the beautiful Maasai-Mara, Agnes for eight years has run this "safe house" where young girls who are escaping female genital mutilation (FGM) or early marriage can find a safe haven. Agnes ensures that while these girls are under her protection, they are safe from violence and enrolled in school; then she works with the local community to negotiate the girls' safe return to their families without having to undergo this harmful traditional practice. Although FGM is illegal in Kenya, the law is difficult to enforce and is often ignored in the rural areas where the Maasai live.

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