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