Togo Presse on 11 October reported that members of youth groups in the adolescent and sexual and reproductive health sectors were recently trained in Lomé in the domains of networking, leadership and advocacy. The 5-day knowledge-sharing workshop aimed at strengthening the capacity of these groups as well as ameliorating and acquiring more knowledge in the adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health sectors. At the end of the workshop, youth were able to speak in one voice of their challenges and needs.
In his opening remarks, the Secretary General of the National Council for the fight against HIV/AIDS and MSTs in Togo made mention of the fact that after about two decades of fighting against HIV/AIDS, the infection is still ravaging society in spite of the various strategies put in place. In Togo, even though the prevalence rate is maintained at 3.2%, new infections are still being manifested in youths. He further underlined the fact that the civil society working in partnership with the Government through its multiple networks and coordination units has still neither been able to overcome these shortcomings nor harmonize intervention approaches. He nevertheless expressed appreciation to partners especially UNFPA Togo, for their unrelenting contributive efforts in favour of the youth.