All In! Initiative
Gender-based violence and limited access to health care and education. Systems and policies that do not address the needs of young people. These are obstacles that block adolescent girls from being able to protect themselves against HIV. As a result, young women and adolescent girls account for a disproportionate number of the new infections among young people and the number of young people living with HIV.
Over the past three decades, in some regions young women and adolescent girls have remained at a much higher risk of HIV infection than their male peers. In 2013, almost 60% of all new HIV infections among young people aged 15–24 occurred among adolescent girls and young women. Globally, 15% of women living with HIV are aged 15–24, of whom 80% live in sub-Saharan Africa (UNAIDS Gap report 2014).
The All In! Initiative is a wake-up call to the AIDS movement and the world to take urgent action about a population being left behind in the AIDS response: adolescents (ages 10-19). It is a global agenda convened by UNICEF and UNAIDS with a broad range of partners to drive better results for adolescents through critical changes in programmes and policy. Aidsfonds (previously STOP AIDS NOW!) has been part of the global strategy consultation meeting.
All in! is an Agenda for Action. It is a platform for collaboration in four key action areas:
- Sharpen adolescents components of national programmes through data-driven analysis.
- Fostering and promoting innovative models and approaches that can be taken to scale.
- Addressing the social context and meaningfully engaging, mobilizing and strengthening leadership among adolescents and young people as agents of change.
- Advocating and communicating globally to mobilize awareness and resources.
Reduction in AIDS-related mortality and HIV infections
Aidsfonds (previously STOP AIDS NOW!) is very happy to see this important initiative and is looking forward to contribute to the target area’s formulated by All In! to achieve by 2020:
- a 65% reduction in AIDS-related mortality among adolescents;
- reducing new HIV infections among adolescents by 75%.
"Not be owned by UN agencies. All In! is for all!"
Musah Lumumba El-Nasoor and Craig McClure participated in the strategy consultation meeting on the All In! agenda to end the AIDS epidemic among adolescents, held on December 3-5, 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland. What do they think of All In!?