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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International technical guidance on sexuality education

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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

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WHO Consolidated Guideline on Self-Care Interventions for Health: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
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