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HIV Prevention Revolution by Young Key Affected Population

by Gasamagera Claire, GYC Rwanda Alumni August 2010

Claire was recently in New York City to discuss the work being done in Rwanda regarding persons living with HIV/AIDS – see her comments here about the great progress being made:

HIV prevention revolution has started with the Mali International Youth Summit, entitled “The Emergence of a new generation of young leaders against HIV/AIDS”, has gathered more than 200 young key affected populations coming from all continents.

Young Key Affected Populations (YKAP) are defined as young people living with HIV (YPLHIV), young men who have sex with men, young women, LGBTQ youth (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, queer), young sex workers, young people who use drugs, young migrants, refugees, and internally displaced persons, young people in detention, indigenous young people, and young persons with disabilities.

As young key affected populations who are already leading the AIDS response in their communities, We are young people who know the realities of our peers and the challenges they face. But we are also the young people with the potential to bring about sustainable change, thereby claiming for leadership in HIV response as we found ourselves behind  in case we are the only on having the power on HIV prevention.

After the summit we have developed a strong and powerful document called “ Bamako Call  for action” that is built on three pillars:

1) Secure funding to Young Key Affected Population initiatives in the response to HIV

2) Human Rights protections of young Key affected Population in the context of the fight against HIV and AIDS and Reproductive health issues for a non-DISCRIMINATION World / States/ Laws /policies to all

3) Accessing HIV prevention services and information to all young key affected populations.

young key affected populations we were invited to attend the High Level meeting on HIV held in New York city from  8th to 10 June , a UN meeting  that has brought together all world leaders. For the first time in history we were allowed to seat and discuss and negotiate with world leaders about the future of young generations in regard to HIV and AIDS.

Our call for action has been a big issue at the High Level Meeting and it has been voted by the General assembly. World leaders have made other commitments taking in account young key affected populations. Thus World leaders have committed to:

  • Encouraging and supporting the active involvement and leadership  of  young people, including those living with HIV, in the fight against the  epidemic at local, national and global levels; and agree to work with these new  leaders
  • Help develop specific measures to engage young people about HIV, including in communities, families, schools, tertiary institutions, recreation centers  and workplaces;
  • Reaffirm the central role of the family, bearing in mind that in different cultural, social and political systems various forms of the family exist, in reducing vulnerability to HIV, inter alia, in educating and guiding children and
  • Take account of cultural, religious and ethical factors, to reduce the  vulnerability of children and young people by ensuring access of both girls and boys to primary and secondary education, including HIV and AIDS in  curricula for adolescents; ensuring safe and secure environments especially for young girls;
  •  expanding good-quality youth-friendly information and sexual health education and counseling services;
  • strengthening reproductive and sexual health programmes;
  • involving families and young people in planning, implementing evaluating HIV and AIDS prevention and care programmes, to the extent  possible;

What we have to do now is to hold accountable our leaders towards their commitments.

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This entry was posted on July 2, 2011 by in Alumni in Action, HIV/AIDS, Rwanda, Rwanda Program Posts.

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