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Zambia: Ensuring Young People’s Access to SRH and HIV Services

Over the last two decades, Zambia’s HIV response has achieved some notable results. Adult HIV prevalence is projected to have declined from 14 per cent in 2007 to 12 per cent in 2013. Despite this progress, HIV remains a major threat to the country.

Given that most HIV infections are sexually transmitted—or are associated with pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding—and the presence of certain sexually transmitted infections (STIs) further increases the risk of HIV transmission, linking SRH and HIV services simply makes sense.

The project has made significant progress in scaling-up youth friendly health services, supporting comprehensive sexuality education for both in- and out-of-school young people, and working with the government and key implementing partners to address policy and service delivery level barriers to SRH and HIV integration.