MTV's revolutionary African show 'Shuga' has made a real difference in the fight against HIV

The World Bank did a study to see how the 10-year-long show about real sex and life issues affected young viewers. It found that those who watched the show were twice as likely to get tested for HIV.

Telling real and raw stories of young people in places like Kenya, South Africa, and Nigeria, the MTV series sprung up from MTV’s Staying Alive brand. Originally set up to produce narratives that would encourage healthy practices among young viewers, Staying Alive came out with documentaries about HIV in the 1990s, when the spread of the disease was rampant. Staying Alive went from a brand on MTV to its own nonprofit operating out of the U.S. and U.K., and its content evolved from documentaries to scripted drama series.

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The Nairobi Summit on ICPD25
Nairobi, Kenya
12 - 14 November 2019
Sexual and Gendered Violence: 2nd Global Inclusive Interdisciplinary Conference
Prague, Czech Republic
1 - 2 December, 2019
International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa
Kigali, Rwanda
2 - 7 December, 2019
9th Africa Conference on Sexual Health and Rights
Nairobi, Kenya
10 - 14 February, 2020
 
 
 
 
9th Africa Conference on Sexual Health and Rights
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International technical guidance on sexuality education

FGM and Social Norms: A Guide to Designing Culturally Sensitive Community Programmes  
This report presents evidence on common assumptions about female genital mutilation (FGM), including often inaccurate and harmful discourses about the practice, and also addresses the current gap in literature on how to design culturally-sensitive programmes to shift social norms around FGM.download

Turning promises into action: Gender equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Tackling the Taboo: Ending Child, Early And Forced Marriage  
This report captures promising gender transformative work on child, early and forced marriages taking place in politically and culturally conservative contexts, including programmes led by grassroots organisations.DOWNLOAD

WHO Consolidated Guideline on Self-Care Interventions for Health: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
This report provides guideline on self-care, which includes health promotion; disease prevention and control; self-medication; providing care to dependent persons; seeking hospital/specialist/primary care if necessary; and rehabilitation, and palliative care.download
 

Ring, ring: Sex education call center in Senegal

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