Saturday, February 03, 2007

Getting one’s goat – A novel HIV prevention strategy

"Millions of girls -- owing to their social isolation, economic vulnerability and fragile family structures -- are at significant risk (of contracting HIV)."

This is not a radical statement, but an important one. It was made after a recent Global Health Council forum, who issued a report lamenting the inability of HIV/AIDS prevention initiatives to effectively reach rural Africa’s at-risk girls.

While many of the world’s marginalized populations are difficult to reach, few are more vulnerable than this group.

A project in Ethiopia has adopted a interesting strategy to reach these isolated youth. It engages girls by rewarding them with a goat if they consistently attend school and participate in an after-school girls' club for 18 months.

The President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which reportedly reached more than four million youth last year, is currently sponsoring similar projects.
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