Useful Resources

Youth in Sub-Saharan Africa:
A Chartbook on Sexual Experience and Reproductive Health

Sub-Saharan Africa has one of the world's youngest populations. At the beginning of the 21st century, about one out of every four people in sub-Saharan Africa is 10 to 19 years old. This is the largest group of young people ever in the region. To what extent are young people in the region prepared for adulthood? This chartbook examines factors that are important to a healthy transition, including education and exposure to information, sexual experience and marriage, HIV/AIDS, childbearing, contraception, and maternal health. Document code: PRBIYSSAENG
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Youth in sub-Saharan Africa:
a chartbook on sexual experience and reproductive health

This book reviews data from demographic and health surveys in 11 countries in the region, focusing on adolescents aged 15 to 19. It aims to provide decisionmakers with a better understanding of the experiences and needs of adolescents in the region, and to inform public debate on these issues. It is available free to people working in developing countries, email Donna Clifton.

Youth InfoNet newsletter online

Youth InfoNet No. 6 is now online. This one-stop monthly source for new publications and information on youth reproductive health and HIV prevention is produced by Family Health International's (FHI) YouthNet program.

Youth Zones: Dealing with the aftermath of conflict or natural disasters
United Nations Population Fund: 20 August 2010

This new film, Youth Zones, Voices from Emergencies documents the lives of young people affected by conflict and natural disaster in five countries, including Uganda. It show how, in conflicts and natural disasters around the world, young people, at a crucial stage of their development, are faced with profound challenges. Emergencies often steal their adolescence and force them to undertake adult responsibilities. The structures and institutions that should guarantee their secure, peaceful development – schools, family, community and health centres – have often broken down, leaving them with little, if any, support. Access to basic sexual and reproductive health services, including information on sexually transmitted infections and HIV, is often impossible. Yet in the midst of hardship and deprivation, this film show how young people exhibit tremendous resilience. They raise their younger siblings, form youth groups and organisations, put food on the table for their families, conduct peer education activities, contribute to peace movements, galvanise their communities and contribute in numerous other ways to positive change. The film is available in English, Spanish, Arabic, and Luo with English subtitles.

Zero Issue 2008: The World Food Crisis and the Right to Food
Bread for the World, ICCO and FIAN: October 2008

The Right to Food and Nutrition Watch provides a systematic compilation of best practices for the realisation of the right to food and also documents where violations have been committed. The Zero Issue deals with the topic ‘The World Food Crisis and the Human Right to Food’ and gathers articles and country monitoring reports from different experts and regions (the Americas, Asia, Africa and India). The publication also discusses the most recent global trends affecting the right to food, such as the increased expansion of agrofuels, and sheds new light on practices that continue to impede the realisation of the right to food, such as mining and the mismanagement of social cash transfers. UN experts on human rights and the right to food also give their input on recent UN documents and sessions. The hard copy of the Right to Food and Nutrition Watch is accompanied by a CD-ROM that includes supporting documents and full reports of all content.

Zero Stigma, Zero Discrimination toolkit
South African National AIDS Council

World AIDS Day is commemorated each year on the 1st of December and is an opportunity for every community to unite in the fight against HIV, show support for people living with HIV and remember those who have died. The UNAIDS World AIDS Day theme for 2011 to 2015 is: “Getting to Zero”. This year, South Africa will focus on ZERO DISCRIMINATION, without losing sight of the other ‘zeroes’, Zero new HIV infections; and Zero AIDS related deaths. A group of HIV-positive people have told their stories and experiences of stigma and discrimination. These are not stories of despair and hopelessness, but stories of courage and hope, and tell of how key people in their lives helped them to overcome challenges. These stories have been captured on video, in photographs and in text. They are available free of charge on the SANAC website for civil society, the private sector, media and others to use in their World AIDS Day campaigns.

Zika Virus Fact Sheet
World Health Organisation: Geneva, 2016

This fact sheet provides information on the Zika virus, a mosquito-borne virus that was first identified in Uganda in 1947 in rhesus monkeys, and subsequently identified in humans in 1952 in Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania. Outbreaks of Zika virus disease have been recorded in Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific. The incubation period (the time from exposure to symptoms) of Zika virus disease is not clear, but is likely to be a few days. The symptoms are similar to other arbovirus infections such as dengue, and include fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise, and headache. These symptoms are usually mild and last for 2-7 days. Zika virus disease is caused by a virus transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes. People with Zika virus disease usually have symptoms that can include mild fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise or headache lasting for 2-7 days. There is no specific treatment or vaccine currently available. The leaflet provides updated information on the virus given its recent spread in Latin America.

[HIF-net at WHO] Effective use of English in health publications
Can anyone help?

TALC is producing a series of free CD-Roms on health. David Morley, Professor Emeritus, Institute of Child Health, Tropical Child Health Unit, is looking for help addressing his concern that the English in these be appropriate for those to whom it is a second language. Does anyone know of a vocabulary list for those who have had secondary school education? Is there a computer programme which would identify words in a text outside this vocabulary, print them in a different font and take those that are unfamiliar with the word to a glossary with a click? Please send any imput to David Morley via email.

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