The Obama administration announced this week that it will dedicate $300 million towards combating HIV infections in girls and young women in 10 sub-Saharan African nations hit hardest by the virus.
“No greater action is needed right now than empowering adolescent girls and young women to defeat HIV/AIDS,” said National Security Adviser Susan Rice of the program. According to the Associated Press, the administration has set a goal to see a “25 percent infection reduction in females between ages 15-24 by the end of next year and a 40 percent reduction by the end of 2017.”
The new goals represent the next phase of the program started by President George W. Bush and broadened by President Barack Obama, the report says.
About half of all new HIV infections among girls and young women last year are from the 10 countries countries targeted by the new initiatives: Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.