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Promoting HIV prevention and reproductive healthAlthough HIV prevalence is declining in sub-Saharan Africa, recent estimates show that 13.7 percent of South African youth under age 20 are HIV positive. In the fight to contain this public health crisis, a critical challenge emerges: what is an effective way to reach the country's young people with relevant and appropriate information on HIV & AIDS and other reproductive health issues?The Integrated Primary Health Care (IPHC) Project initiated an innovative peer mentoring program that promises positive impact and sustainability.

The corridor floors of Salima District Hospital glisten in the afternoon sun and fresh air blows through sparkling clean windows—indications of the hospital's ranking as one of the cleanest in Malawi. Local newspaper clippings hang on message boards praising the hospital's new standards of cleanliness. One headline reads, “Salima District Hospital, Clean at Last!” Today's accolades are a reminder of the hospital's progress.

This piece was written by MSH Founder, Dr. Ron O’Connor in memory of his friend and inspiration, Dr. Noboru Iwamura.Noboru Iwamura was dug out of the rubble of a concrete building less than a mile from ground zero three days after the bombing of Hiroshima, the only survivor of his high-school class. After several years' recovery from the effects of radiation, he became committed to making a contribution to peaceful development in Asia. He completed his medical training and began to focus on health issues in less-advantaged countries.By chance, Dr.

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