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The State of World Population report notes that of the 125 million 10-year-olds today, 60 million are girls who are systematically disadvantaged at the global level as they move through adolescence into adulthood. Girls are less likely than boys to complete formal schooling at the secondary and university levels, are more likely to be in poorer physical and mental health, and will find it harder to get paid jobs. 

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The launch and implementation of this, the South African National Sex Worker HIV Plan, shows the comittment of combating new infections in this population. The plan provides for a standardised minimum package of services to be implemented by all sectors, both within and outside of government. 

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KwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa has the largest population of children under the age of five and experiences the highest number of child births per annum in the country. Its population has also been ravaged by the dual epidemics of HIV and TB and it has struggled to meet targets for maternal and child mortality. In South Africa’s federal system, provinces have decision-making power on the prioritization and allocation of resources within their jurisdiction. As part of strategic planning for 2015–2019, KwaZulu-Natal provincial authorities requested an assessment of current mortality levels in the province and identification and costing of priority interventions for saving additional maternal, newborn and child lives, as well as preventing stillbirths in the province.

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We live in a world where humanitarian crises exact mounting costs from economies, communities and individuals. Wars and natural disasters make the headlines, at least initially. Less visible but also costly are the crises of fragility, vulnerability and growing inequality, confining millions of people to the most tenuous hopes for peace and development.

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Globally, more than one in three women (35.6%) aged 15 and over have experienced physical and/or sexual partner violence, or sexual violence (SV) by a non-partner. The evidence is incontrovertible - violence against women is a profound human rights violation of epidemic proportions. South Africa is no exception. Recently published population-based surveys show especially high levels of intimate partner violence (IPV) and SV, with IPV being the most common form of violence against women (VAW).

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These are residential facilities located within hospital premises for pregnant women who live far from health service points. Many of the women who use these services live in deep rural areas and cannot access maternity services easily or cheaply. 

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The UNFPA South Africa Country Office and its South African partners held a lively public debate on 'Do adolescents have the right to have sex? ' in Johannesburg on 25 October 2011, as a sponsored Critical Thinking Forum of the international award-winning Mail & Guardian Newspaper

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IMPACT EVALUATION: HIV & Aids and Integrated Development - A Capacity Development Course for Government Managers and Planners ProgrammeIMPACT EVALUATION: HIV & Aids and Integrated Development - A Capacity Development Course for Government Managers and Planners Programme

 

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