RB and (RED) keeping girls in school in South Africa
A school-based intervention programme delivered in partnership with the Global Fund is reducing reports of new HIV infections in young women and resulted in a fall in teenage pregnancy.
Keeping Girls in School identifies girls at risk of dropping out and puts preventative measures in place, such as tutoring and homework support, sexual reproductive health education, and home visits, to ensure they complete their education and lead healthy, productive lives.
The programme will run until 2021 and RB’s investment has been match funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2019 alone, over 30,000 young people were educated about the dangers and risks of HIV, nearly 150,000 condoms were distributed and close to 50,000 HIV tests provided.
Not only have the number of new HIV infections in young women fallen, so too have teenage pregnancies, through improved access to sexual reproductive health services and education and encouraging school retention among adolescent girls and young women. In 2020 and beyond, the programme aims to support a further 50,000 adolescent girls and young women.