New project enhances self-care of young people living with HIV

New project enhances self-care of young people living with HIV

Together with young people living with HIV networks Y+ Global, Y+ Kenya, Y+ Malawi, and youth- and women-led organisations AYARHEP and COWLHA, Aidsfonds has initiated YouthWise.

This new four-year programme aims to amplify the voices of adolescents and young people living with HIV in Kenya and Malawi to enable them to practice self-care and fulfil their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) needs, in a supportive and respectful environment.

“It is the time we take charge of everything. I mean, everything"

Elina Wasinga is a radiant young woman from Malawi working for the Coalition of Women living with HIV and AIDS. She explains why young people need to be in charge when it comes to their health. Watch her strong message in this lively vlog.

Activities in the first year

In 2022, YouthWise will train 290 young people living with HIV as advocates and peers. 8,900 adolescents and young people will be supported through peers and (online) support groups for young people living with HIV and become more treatment- and health literate. This makes them better understand the importance of treatment adherence and able to pro-actively seek information and support where needed.

We will work with 200 parents, community and religious leaders, journalists and other community duty bearers to change the discourse on HIV and adolescent’ SRHR and support adolescents and young people living with HIV. We will work with 85 health service providers in facilities and communities to make services more youth-friendly and accessible and to strengthen referral systems.

At national level, we will advocate to change laws and policies, e.g. pushing for Community ART Groups to be adopted as a policy in Malawi. The young people living with HIV-led national networks will be strengthened in their organisational and technical capacity, amongst others their advocacy capacity.

I need to be in charge of my health because it is my responsibility
– Zipporah, AYARHEP

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Why this programme is needed

AIDS is still the leading cause of death among adolescents and young people living with HIV in Africa. There is a high need to improve treatment outcomes and quality of life for this group, to enable them to live healthy and productive lives.

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