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Young People Convene in Mali to Revolutionize the AIDS Response

15 April 2011
Author: UNFPA

Thirty years into the response to HIV, an estimated 3000 young people are newly infected with HIV everyday. Many young people living with HIV still do not have access to treatment and only 34 per cent of all young people have correct and comprehensive knowledge about HIV and how to protect themselves.

That is why more than 150 young HIV activists from across the world have gathered for a three day summit in Bamako, Mali, to rally a youth-led response on HIV in lead up to the United Nations General Assembly High Level Meeting on AIDS taking place in New York from 8 to 10 June 2011.

Convened under the patronage of the President of the Republic of Mali, Amadou Toumani Touré, and co-hosted by UNAIDS, the summit provides a forum for young people to explore and commit to innovative ways to mobilize young people in the AIDS response.

“I am ready to take the call to action coming out of the Mali Youth Summit on HIV to the High Level Meeting at the UN. Young people must take the leadership of the AIDS response, and they must be given the space to lead,” said President Touré.

Read the full story from UNAIDS

Mali
Population : 20.3 mil
Fertility rate
5.7
Maternal Mortality Ratio
562
Contraceptives prevalence rate
17
Population aged 10-24
33.5%
Youth secondary school enrollment
Boys 33%
Girls 27%

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