UNDP and the Global Fund sign grant to strengthen the national response to HIV and AIDS in Angola

New York - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Fund signed a US$30 million grant to reduce new HIV infections in Angola, while also increasing antiretroviral therapy coverage and ensuring better adherence to treatment. The grant was signed in the presence of the Angolan Minister of Health, Dr. Luís Gomes Sambo and other key representatives.

Even though the prevalence of HIV among adults aged 15 to 49 years in Angola has remained low at under 2.5% of the population, significant challenges remain around the elimination of mother-to-child transmission, adherence to antiretroviral treatment, prevention for young people and the inclusion of key populations in the National Strategy on HIV and AIDS.

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UNDP and the Global Fund partner with Zimbabwe to strengthen HIV prevention and treatment services

New York - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Fund strengthened their partnership with additional funding of US$ 143 million to help scale up the fight against HIV in Zimbabwe.

HIV remains a major public health challenge in Zimbabwe with 1.4 million people living with HIV at the end of 2015. Even though the country has seen one of the sharpest declines in HIV prevalence in the region, at 15 per cent it remains among the highest HIV prevalence rates in the world.

The HIV grant aims to increase access to HIV treatment, with a particular focus on the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, expanding HIV testing and counseling services, and scale up of prevention for adolescents and in and out of school youth.

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Why we must fight harder for the rights of young women and girls

By Mandeep Dhaliwal

In her 2013 memoir, activist Malala Yousafzai recounts a moment that changes not only the course of her destiny but that of many other young girls across the world. On a trip in northwest Pakistan, she comes across a girl selling oranges who is unable to read or write. Disturbed by the discovery that this girl had not received an education, Malala makes a decision that she famously continues to see through: "I would do everything in my power to help educate girls just like her. This was the war I was going to fight."

This year, Human Rights Day calls on everyone to stand up for someone's rights. Malala's example is what we all need to do more of: stand up for the rights of young women and girls in health, education and beyond.

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Female Nurses in Demand: UNDP Trains 200+ Young Women to Save Lives in Rural Areas

23 October 2016, Jalalabad, Nangarhar – In a very ordinary hostel in Jalalabad, something extraordinary is going on. A young woman is sitting on her hostel bed, bent over a textbook.

This is Abida and she is training to be a nurse in a country where most women haven't even finished primary school.

Abida has just finished a long day of classwork and on-the-job training. She's exhausted, but determined to carry on because nurses are hard to find in her home village, more than 100 kilometres away in Nuristan. In this isolated province, woman commonly die because basic healthcare is unavailable – either because there are no doctors or because women are not allowed to be treated by a man. Thinking about this situation keeps Abida going when her eyes are heavy and her brain numb.

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Vulnerable to violence: empowering women in South Sudan

It is a violation of women's rights, a major global health problem, and is experienced by approximately one in three women worldwide. Yet the fight to end violence against women is too often overlooked and underfunded. To mark International Women's Day, meet the woman working to raise awareness and get survivors the support they need in crisis-affected South Sudan.

Women and girls across South Sudan have long faced the threat of physical and sexual violence as well as early and forced marriage. The current conflict has further compounded the situation, making South Sudan a truly dangerous place to be a woman or a girl.

"Things are different now because we are in a crisis, things are not the same as they were," said Viola (32).

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