GlobeMed at NCCU partners with Young 1ove in Gaborone, Botswana to provide sexual reproductive health education to over 75 schools in the community.
GlobeMed at NCCU + Young 1ove
GlobeMed at North Carolina Central University | Durham, North Carolina
Young 1ove | Gaborone, Botswana
Botswana has the second highest rate of HIV prevalence among 15-49 year olds in the world.
About the Partnership
Young 1ove – a new NGO launched in Botswana – connects young Africans to proven, life-saving HIV education. Young 1ove brings a new approach to the fight against unprotected sex, teen pregnancy and HIV in sub-Saharan Africa. Their three pillars are: (1) evidence-based HIV education (2) a focus on intergenerational sex and (3) delivering programs by youth, for youth.
GlobeMed at NCCU’s partnership with Young 1ove places an emphasis on intergenerational sex. “Sugar daddies” and “sugar mommies” are a large issue in Botswana. While the problem of intergenerational sex is severe, it is also an issue that these partners believe can effectively be addressed.
Young 1ove has uncovered an intergenerational sex curriculum that has been proven via a randomized controlled trial in 77 schools to reduce teen pregnancy, a proxy for unprotected sex and HIV, by 28% in just one year. The class is simple: a 15-minute video, a graph of the relative HIV risk by age, and an engaging discussion. It is not often 1-hour can significantly change a life. To this end, it’s imperative that they scale this program, accelerating the fight against teen pregnancy and HIV/AIDS.
Young 1ove identifies programs that have already been shown to work and then massively scales them. GlobeMed at NCCU actively mobilizes resources to support this effort. The Young 1ove staff is entirely youthful, enhancing its ability to connect, deliver and make an impact on Botswana youth nationwide.
Young 1ove, equipped with a mandate from the Ministry of Education as well as support from the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Youth, has scaled HIV awareness classes to 219 schools in Kgatleng, Kweneng, South East and Southern regions – over 1/3 of the nations’ regions – in 40 working days. It has reached 13,366 students directly with peer facilitators and surveyed over 42,195 students. Next year Young 1ove plans to scale this program massively covering the entire nation of Botswana and complete pilots in at least 2 SADC countries.
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