When I lived in South Africa, I talked with hundreds of young people, who told me their stories. I will share the story of Nqobile with you. This is how young people can get infected with HIV. How can we change this? How can we support girls (and their boyfriends) like Nqobile? This newsletter talks about quality support to young people like Nqobile.
Looking forward to work together with you to make this change happen!

Miriam Groenhof
Senior Advisor Prevention for Youth at STOP AIDS NOW!

The story of Nqobile

"I tried to avoid boys but it just happened. He is the one who ‘broke’ me and took my virginity. I know that I am not the only one for him. I want to use condoms but he said that he paid for my virginity, so we don’t use them. I find it very difficult to talk with him about condoms. And too embarrassing to get them in a clinic. In the future I think it will depend on the guy whether we use condoms."

Nqobile was nineteen years old when I met her. Her story is not a unique one. Young people all over the world find it difficult to discuss condom use with their partner, friends, parents, to access health services. They need support in negotiating skills, have an understanding about their rights. How can you otherwise make healthy choices in life if nobody is giving you the right information? The focus on quality for Nqobile and others needs our full attention!

What's new

Connecting 4 Life
People are increasingly receiving information on all sorts of issues online, especially the youth. This provides major opportunities for the HIV response, especially when it comes to education and prevention. The Connecting 4 Life program in Senegal is a scale-up of a successful pilot project that took these opportunities.

Youth Advocates
How to get young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights and HIV at the heart of the Post-2015 framework (the new Millennium Development Goals)? The LINK UP programme –in which STOP AIDS NOW! participates– organized a training session to strengthen youth advocates’ capacities to influence the negotiations.

Training for partners of the Youth Empowerment Alliance of ASK programme
Last month 25 staff members of 8 different organisations attended a training focussing on quality of SRHR and HIV prevention programmes for youth. The organisations are part of the Access to Services and Knowledge programme (ASK). “I realized how important it is to do a stakeholder analysis.”

Training programme on gender, masculinity, women’s rights and HIV in Cameroon
The Network on Ethics, Law and AIDS in Cameroon will be leading a training programme this year on gender, masculinity, women’s rights and HIV. This project is a pilot part of a broader strategy to broaden collaboration with organisations in francophone Africa on integrating gender transformative approaches in their HIV work.

Healthy Young People in Malawi
This June, STOP AIDS NOW! and partners start the pilot project ‘Healthy Young People Working towards a supportive sexual and reproductive health environment’. The goal is to connect the education and health sector so that effective SRH services can be provided and improved in such a way that they are used by the young people who need them. 


Meet and Greet

Merian Musinguzi is a trainer. She supports organisations in the field to increase the quality and effectiveness of their SRHR and HIV prevention programmes for youth. Juliet Alupo participated in one of Merian’s trainings. She started to implement what she had learned at the training and already improved the adolescent SRHR and HIV prevention programme of her organisation.

Merian and Juliet tell about their motivation either being a trainer or being trained and the difference it makes to the lives of young people.

"Give people the chance to think through what they are doing, is key." Meet Merian!

“The knowledge acquired has influenced our adolescents to be confident enough to come for SRHR and HIV services”. Meet Juliet!


PACT Parental Consent Survey
PACT is a UNAIDS-supported collaboration of 25 youth-led and youth-serving organisations that are committed to young people’s SRHR, including access to HIV services. In order to make advocacy more effective, PACT wants to understand more about how parental consent requirements impact upon young people’s rights and access to health services. They call upon young people to share first-hand experiences through a survey.

Charting the Course of Education and HIV
Teachers often feel uncomfortable to speak about HIV and sexuality because they find it embarrassing. This is only one of the current challenges, and yet we want the education sector to play a bigger role in the AIDS response. This comprehensive UNESCO report (summary or full report) presents the developments that have taken place so far in sexuality education and shows the challenges of today.

Young people’s perception of sexual and reproductive health services in Kenya
How can we improve the quality and uptake of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services for youth in Kenya? With this question in mind, a research has been conducted among youth in Kenya. What are the most common SRH problems they face? And how can this best be tackled?

Guide for Trainers
There is abundant knowledge about the effectiveness of comprehensive SRHR and HIV prevention programmes for youth. However, many programmes do not apply this knowledge, or apply only some aspects of them. STOP AIDS NOW! and RutgersWPF address this issue and developed a Guide for Trainers!

Upcoming events

Women deliver 3rd Global Conference
May 28-30, 2014 - Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

Short course on social protection: Policies, programmes and evidence
July 7-10, 2014 - Brighton (UK)

Symposium Children and HIV: Start Early, Start Now
July 18-19, 2014 - Melbourne (Australia)

International AIDS Conference 2014
July 20 -25, 2014 - Melbourne (Australia)

More upcoming events

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