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Premier Masualle hosting Young Adolescent Girls and Women HIV Prevention Programme

By Yolanda Palezweni - Oct 11, 2017
Premier Masualle hosting Young Adolescent Girls and Women HIV Prevention Programme

The Eastern Cape Provincial Government led by Premier, Phumulo Masualle, is embarking on a two-day HIV Prevention Programme for Young adolescent Girls and Women.

The programme, which kicks off on Wednesday at Mount Frere Town Hall in the Alfred Nzo District Municipality.

According to Provincial Government spokesperson, Sonwabo Mbananga,  the programme is an outcome of the Provincial Young Women and Girls Camp, which was launched by Premier Masualle during last year’ women’s month, in which young girls, aged between 15 and 19 years old, representing all the district municipalities were engaged on different issues that affect them.

“The overall objective of the programme is to keep the momentum on the Inaugural Camp for young women and girls by putting the spotlight on issues that contribute to high teenage pregnancy rate and HIV among young women and girls in the province,” said Mbananga.

He added that one of the key resolutions from a recently held Provincial Young Women’s camp was that all districts, led by their Executive Mayors, should host their own young women’s camp to design and discuss interventions that will lead to the implementation of programmes towards the reduction of HIV among adolescent girls and young women.

The programme for the two-day event is aligned with the Provincial Youth Development Strategy, Pillar 1: Social Cohesion and Nation Building.

It will contribute towards the achievement of this Pillar’s objectives: “To promote social cohesion and build social capital in support of family based model.”