In 2008, the Population Council undertook a survey of out-of-school, adolescent girls (aged 10 to 19) in slum areas of urban Ethiopia—a population that is highly vulnerable to HIV infection. The survey serves as a baseline for HIV prevention programs designed and implemented jointly by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Regional Bureaus of Youth and Sports, and the Population Council. This study provided valuable direction for programmers interested in supporting adolescent girls, particularly early adolescent (10 to 14 years old) and out-of-school girls who are highly vulnerable and in need of dedicated attention. Special efforts are needed to support the sizable population of girls living away from parents, often engaged in domestic work, which typically involves long hours, low pay, and exploitative conditions. Explicit messaging is also needed on nonconsensual and transactional sex, the risk of HIV transmission within marriage, and to promote the condom as an appropriate family planning and disease prevention method within marriage.
Ferede, Abebaw and Annabel Erulkar. 2009. "Adolescent girls in urban Ethiopia: Vulnerability and opportunity." Addis Ababa: Population Council.
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