More than 40,000 South African girls age 10 to 19 were infected with HIV in 2016. For an adolescent girl, dropping out of school significantly increases the risk that she’ll be infected with HIV.
With support from the Keeping Girls In School program, 14-year-old Zulu Siphiwe is determined that this won’t happen to her. The program, run by young peer group trainers, provides counselling, HIV prevention education and academic support to more than 61,000 girls like Siphiwe to help them stay healthy and stay in school. To prevent new infections among adolescent girls and young women, Keeping Girls In School is part of the solution.