Sub-Saharan Africa has the lion’s share of HIV infections and related deaths. These countries are turning greater attention on issues of youth – those born with the infection, and those who may be acquiring it through sex. Kenya is working on youth education and also becoming a leader in the prophylactic use of anti-retroviral drugs for those most at risk.
Maurine, a young woman born with HIV, now a Community Youth Ambassador on HIV-AIDS; Scholar Kabaira, nurse; Dr. Nduku Kilonzo, Director, Kenya National Aids Control Council (NACC); Malawi’s First Lady, Dr. Gertrude Mutharika, President of the Organization of African First Ladies against HIV/AIDS; Kenya’s First Lady, Margaret Kenyatta – Steering Committee member of Organization of African First Ladies against HIV/AIDS; Dr. Elizabeth Irungu, lecturer at Jomo Kenyatta University in Nairobi and researcher on PrEP (Pre Exposure Prophylaxis, an antiretroviral drug taken daily by HIV negative people most at risk of HIV infection, to reduce their chances of becoming infected); Dr. Barbra Mambo, Programme officer at Kenya’s National Aids and STI [Sexually Transmitted Infection] Control Program.
Produced by Diana Wanyonyi. Series producer, Frieda Werden.