On Monday in Kenya, UNICEF called on Somali leaders to
support youth in fighting AIDS. Somali leaders have a
responsibility to provide correct information on prevention and
healthy lifestyles to young people, as they are the prime target
of the epidemic, said Jasper Morch, UNICEF's representative to
Somalia. "Leaders must rise to this huge challenge and mobilize
the youth, not to fight political battles, but to spearhead the
fight for their own and Somalia's survival against AIDS," Morch
said. "A multi-faceted response is crucial, where links are
forged between all actors in society, making a compelling
argument for commitment by multiple sectors in government to
improve services and empower communities to take action."
Compared to other sub-Saharan African countries, HIV/AIDS
prevalence remains relatively low in Somalia.
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