The Road to Durban: Youth Voices at AIDS 2016 and Beyond
In 2014, two million adolescents (aged 10-19) were living with HIV worldwide and in Sub-Saharan Africa HIV was the leading cause of death for this demographic (UNICEF). HIV prevalence rates of young women in the region are higher than anywhere else in the world, often surpassing those of other key populations. Without significant efforts to address the epidemic among adolescents, particularly young women, turning back the epidemic will be impossible.
With the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) taking place in Durban, South Africa, in July 2016, the IAS has created ‘Youth Voices’, an advocacy initiative that comprises different activities that put a clear human face and voice to the needs and wants of adolescents living with and being affected by HIV.
Read about IAS Youth Voices activities at AIDS2016 and the Young HIV Advocates' Cookbook.
- Support youth in Sub-Saharan Africa to develop a stronger voice that enables them to contribute to shaping policies and investment priorities that respond to their needs
- Influence policy makers and funders to prioritize investments into effective prevention and care interventions for adolescents in the region
- Influence clinicians, health practitioners and communities in the region to provide better prevention and care services for adolescents.
To achieve these objectives, the IAS is undertaking the following activities:
- A comprehensive needs assessment and donor spending analysis focusing on HIV prevention, treatment and care programming for adolescents
- Focus group discussions of young people living with HIV in South Africa, Zambia and Tanzania to document their expectations of HIV prevention and treatment programs
- A significant digital and social media campaign to advance a youth voice that can speak directly to policy makers and funders which will be rolled out in advance of and at AIDS 2016
- A symposium for clinicians, healthcare practitioners, and researchers at AIDS 2016 to share the latest research, best practices and clinical models of care
- Bring a group of Youth Ambassadors to AIDS 2016 to attend leadership and advocacy skills building activities and meet with scientists, policy-makers and programme implementers