Interagency Youth Working Group (IYWG)

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    This post originally appeared on the Interagency Youth Working Group's (IYWG) blog, Half the World
    Written by Kate Plourde, Technical Officer, FHI 360. 
    Eduardo Martino, Save the Children, Department for International Development

    In 2012 an estimated 2.1 million adolescents were living with HIV. Young people ages 15 to 24 accounted for an estimated 40 percent of new nonpediatric HIV infections worldwide, and perinatal HIV transmission remains a major cause for HIV infection among adolescents. Before antiretroviral therapy (ART) was developed and expanded, children infected with HIV did not usually live to adolescence. But today, thanks to widespread HIV care and treatment programs, they can lead long, healthy, and productive lives. The same is true for those who are infected as adolescents — young people ages 10 to 19 — as long as they know their HIV status. As HIV infections among adolescents continue to rise and more children living with HIV are surviving into adolescence, the unique needs of adolescents living with HIV require much more attention.

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    As a newcomer to K4Health with a lot to learn about global health and the challenges of girls and women worldwide, I spent the first two weeks in my new position reading all I could about reproductive health and family planning. In the process, stories about the creativity, leadership, and bravery of girls keep rising to the top. The first observance of International Day of the Girl Child brings global focus to girls by making their stories, their obstacles, and their promise more visible. Here are just a few to get started:

    Pooja, a 13-year-old from India, found support from her family to continue her education and delay marriage. Watch her story in a video from the Half the Sky Movement.

    Catherine Wong, a 17-year-old from New Jersey, invented a portable, inexpensive electrocardiogram that connects to a mobile phone via Bluetooth. Find out more about her big idea.

    Malala Yousafzai, a 14-year-old from Pakistan, advocated for girls’ education under the Taliban. She is recovering from surgery after being shot by Taliban gunmen.

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    Girls who give birth in adolescence have a much higher risk of maternal mortality than women in their 20’s and 30’s. In fact, girls younger than 16 face four times the risk of maternal death as women older than 20. Yet each year, 16 million adolescent girls ages 15-19 give birth, accounting for roughly 11 percent of all births globally. Nearly 95% of these births occur in developing countries. The commitments made at last week’s London Summit on Family Planning will not only protect the health of millions of adolescents in developing countries, but will also improve educational and employment opportunities for young women around the world.

    The Interagency Youth Working Group’s blog Half the World discusses how the London Summit on Family Planning will benefit young people.