Regional meeting for YPLHIV networks in Cape Town

April 20, 2017

From 24-27 April 2017, Y+, Aidsfonds, International HIV/AIDS Alliance and PATA will organize a regional meeting for YPLHIV networks. This three-day meeting will take place in Cape Town.

It will bring together representatives from networks in ten countries that are part of the Peers to Zero (P2Z), PITCH and READY+ projects: Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe, as well as the African Regional Network of Young people living with HIV (AY+) in Uganda. 

The empowerment and involvement of Young People living with HIV (YPLHIV) in decision-making processes is a key component of an effective AIDS response. We want young people to be leaders at local, national, regional and international levels to influence policies and implementations to best fit their needs. Yet, the voices and needs of YPLHIV are often unheard.

YPLHIV networks in many African countries, provide leadership and coordinate meaningful involvement and participation of YPLHIV in the AIDS response. These networks can learn from each other and share good practices in order to strengthen their organizational capacities and work. By harmonizing efforts, we can strengthen policy influencing at regional and global levels, and improve health outcomes for YPLHIV.