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JADES Project: Kick-off workshops in Mali

8 September 2016 |  Informations

MALISTRENGTHENING SYSTEMS AND HEALTH SERVICESHIV / AIDS

At the end of August, in the Aoua Keita facility of Bamako was held the kick-off workshop of JADES project in Mali. Under the chairmanship of Fadima Keita, Head of Youth and Adolescent Health division, the project was introduced to institutional partners, NGOs/associations, Medias, as well as technical and financial partners involved in youth and adolescent health.

Lead by Solthis, this project was initially launched in April 2016 in Niger thanks to the financial support of the French Initiative 5%*. This pilot intervention aims to promote sexual health for teenagers in order to reduce new infections and mortality related to HIV/AIDS through preventive actions, training, mentoring and awareness campaign. The goal is also to increase awareness amongst young people so that they can play an active role in their own health and safety, especially on prevention of teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. According to ONUSIDA (2012), no less than 39% of the new HIV infection cases involve 15 – 24 years old.

The project was also launched in Ségou, in behalf of representatives of national and international associations and NGOs, the regional health director and national Medias reiterated their commitment and willingness to support the project.

Those workshops mark the official launch of the JADES project in Mali and will be followed by a set of activities:

  • Organization of participatory diagnosis workshops in Bamako.
  • Identification of Educators' leaders on the project locations.
  • The continuation of the existing activities with the partners.
  • Organization of the first quarterly concertation on sexual and reproductive health rights for the young, together with the partners.
  • Organization of the Steering committee meeting.

To discover Jades Project, follow the link

*The Initiative 5% is financed by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development and led by Expertise France.

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