Why needed

Unprotected sex is the second largest health risk for young people globally. In Barbados, sexuality education, although part of the HFLE curriculum is at times limited or non-existent.  Our young people don't have unrestricted access to condoms, contraceptive methods and health care services like testing. Discussions surrounding sex, including safe sexual practices, are not common among Barbadian households.

Significant progress has been made in fighting the global HIV epidemic: more and more people have access to HIV treatment and the number of new infections continues to decline.  While Barbados enjoys a similar decline, young people continue to engage in risky sexual behaviours, resulting in adverse sexual health outcomes, including unintended pregnancy, and STI transmission, including HIV.

Unfortunately, most efforts to combat sexual health related problems among young people have failed to specifically address their vulnerability.  A limited understanding of youth’s specific needs and behavior, and inadequate communications strategies are responsible for these poor health outcomes. dance4life addresses these gaps. For a more comprehensive situational analysis on the deficiencies in the HFLE programme in Barbados and how dance4life is crucial to filling those gaps, please see our 2016 Independent Evaluation by Dr.Caroline Allen.’

35.3 million

people are living with HIV globally

2.1 million new infections every year

Of all people infected with HIV, almost half are younger than 25

Because more people have access to life saving ARV medicine, the number of AIDS-related deaths is on the decline. As a result, the total number of people living with HIV is on the rise.

Globally AIDS-related illnesses are the number 2 cause of death among young people between 10 and 19.

Since 2001 the number of new infections per year has decreased by nearly 33 %

Every year, a total of

7.3 million

teenage girls give birth; 2 million of those, before they turn 15

In 2011, 14.8% of births in Barbados were to adolescent mothers between the ages of 13-19 years

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