The Global Fund and partners launched the HIV Epidemic Response: HER initiative at Davos the evening of Wednesday, 24 January. The initiative aims to raise additional resources and engage private sector companies to expand HIV prevention programs for adolescent girls and young women in 13 hardest-hit African countries.
Nearly 7,000 young women and girls are infected with HIV every week, concentrated in East and Southern Africa. In the hardest-hit countries, girls account for more than 80 percent of all new HIV infections among adolescents. The HER campaign aims to inspire advocates, engage supporters and invest resources to empower women and girls to end AIDS.
HER offers a platform for partners to contribute in a variety of ways: financial resources to accelerate the most impactful HIV prevention programs; in-kind expertise to support countries to pilot new approaches and implement innovative programs tailored to meet the needs of adolescent girls and young women; support for HER Voice, a fund which helps ensure young women’s and girls’ voices are heard at key decision-making forums; awareness raising with employees and customers. HER follows great work by PEPFAR and other partners that focuses on adolescent girls and young women.