Globally, sexually transmitted disease has always occurred among adolescents, the first lady, Mrs. Lordina Mahama has stated.
“Globally, HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of death among women, and girls, of reproductive age 15 to 49, with about 14 million children orphaned.”
According to her, “Adolescents continue to experience, elevated HIV vulnerability, with the greatest risk of exposure."
Speaking at a High Level event on the sidelines of the ongoing 71st United Nations General Assembly in New York, Mrs Mahama who is also the President of the Organisation of African First Ladies Association (OAFLA) said adolescent girls face numerous challenges and vulnerabilities.
She said "We have committed to help break down barriers, and with adolescent girls in the lead, we will put importance on their sexual, and reproductive health needs.
“Today, we shall determine ways in which we must all prepare, as players on the field, to support, assist and help pave the way, for our girls, towards improving their sexual, and reproductive health” she added.
Mrs Mahama noted: the United Continental “All In” Adolescent HIV campaign launched in Ghana in February, on the sidelines of the 7th Africa Conference on Sexual Health and Rights calls on countries, to begin listening, involving, and including young people, in efforts to reduce new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths.
She said the African First Ladies agreed that the best practice, was to build adolescents’ capacity, and have them lead the efforts.
She explained that OAFLA members have therefore begun operationalising, the campaign, through the development of a number of country-level, and community outreach plans.
“We are organising events, to intensify the momentum generated, targeting adolescents’, especially adolescent girls, in our respective countries,” she noted.