In 2007, the government of Swaziland, Unicef, and the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention collaborated on a study focused on sexual violence against girls.
The study was partly motivated by the need to understand why 15– to 18-year-old girls in Swaziland had the highest rates of HIV infection among their age group in the world. The findings uncovered a serious problem: 38% of girls inSwaziland had experienced sexual violence before turning 18.
This data triggered African governments into action. Policymakers from various sectors joined with leaders from civil society organisations to find how to collaborate by coordinating their specific programmes and expertise to end the violence.
Since then, here are six examples of how four countries in sub-Saharan Africahave crafted a targeted response to address the unique findings from their surveys: