Who we are
Meet the Y+ team!
The Y+ team is made up of staff members who are guided by the Y+ Board and members of the Advisory Board.
The role of the Y+ Board is to guide the development of the Y+ network; determine programmatic priorities; make decisions through a transparent process; ensure different communities of young people living with HIV (YPLHIV) from all regions are represented in Y+ decision-making; and strengthen the leadership of YPLHIV from community to the global level.
The Y+ Board is composed of a team of young people under the age of 30 living with HIV from 9 regions.
- West and Central Africa
- East and South Africa
- Asia Pacific
- Latin America
- West and Central Europe
- North America
- Middle East and North Africa
- Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
The Board’s mandate includes, but is not limited to:
- Make decisions on behalf of the Y+ network
- Provide strategic guidance and oversight to the Y+ network
- Elect an Advisory Board Member to GNP+ on behalf of YPLHIV
- Recruit and provide guidance to the technical staff.
Daren Paul is a registered Nurse and Midwife in the Philippines. He finished his Master of Science in Public Health (MScPH) at Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) in Amsterdam, Netherlands. At present, he is working with the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on Health Care (CBCP-ECHC), a faith-based organization that works with 86 catholic dioceses in the Philippines and other bishops’ conferences all over the world. The commission works to promote the fullness of life for all and pastoral health care for the handicapped, elderly, oppressed, sick and dying. He is the nurse-program coordinator in one of the ministries of the commission, which is the Woodwater Center for Healing, a one-stop counseling center that caters to LGBTIQ including people living with HIV, providing medical and psychosocial support.
He joined Y+ Board of Directors last August 2018, representing the Asia and Pacific. He is also a member of different technical working groups on HIV programming in the Philippines.
He is also involved in different local and international organizations such as Catholic Asia Pacific Coalition on HIV and AIDS (CAPCHA), Caritas Internationalis, Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC), Youth Voices Count, Being LGBTI in Asia – a UNDP Initiative and Dutch Alumni Network – nl4talents Nuffic.
Renatta Langlais is from the island of Dominica but currently lives in Barbados, where she is pursning a Msc degree in Gender and Developmental Studies at the University of the West Indies. She is a member of member of ICW Barbados, and a member of Life Goes on Dominica Inc., an NGO helpings families, both infected and affected, who are coping with HIV/AIDS. Currently she sits on the board of both CRN+ and Y+ as youth representative for the Caribbean region. She is a member of the PANCAP Regional Steering Committee for Youth Advocacy. She enjoys meeting new people, and hopes to learn from others with experience in the field of HIV/AIDS in order to bring the challenges of young women living with HIV to the forefront.
Igor is a medical student at the Sechenov University, Moscow, Russia and an Intern for Medical Affairs at Sanofi, Russia. He has a great experience and expertise in HIV sciences, global Health diplomacy, pharmacology and pharmaceutical-driven interests. Apart from being a representative for both medical, scientific and industry levels, Igor is a huge support to the community as a volunteer at the AIDS.CENTER foundation and as a Health Ambassador on Hornet, a big local key population network.
Moises Maciel is from Brazil and currently living in Argentina. He is a second year medical student and an activist for the HIV and sexual and reproductive health cause since years ago. He has been working on the field since his diagnosis (in 2015), when he enrolled with regional and national networks of adolescents and young people living with HIV that also cares about political engagement and human rights
Tanaka Chirombo is an HIV/AIDS Facilitator and Health Rights Advocate currently working with Youth and Society (YAS) – human rights and governance watchdog with focus on youth and marginalized groups. His core work is to champion rights and freedoms of young people living with HIV (YPLHIV) and promote positive living. I am also a co-founder of the National Association of Young People Living with HIV (Mzuzu Chapter). In addition, He is a ‘Team Leader’ of the Mzuzu central Hospital teen club, and association. In all this, his work involves advocating for quality health services for YPLHIV and mobilizing YPLHIV for HIV services including treatment. He is currently championing a project titled improving ART delivery for Adolescents and YPLHIV in Mzuzu city under the under the IAS youth champions to strengthen youth friendly HIV service delivery initiative and an SRHR youth champion under HP+ and ministry of health and population.
Aishling McCormack is a social care worker who is passionate about working with marginalized groups of people. She is an upcoming female activist who hopes to bring forward a fresh face, a new perspective and a different background for the HIV population in Ireland. She enjoys meeting new people with various cultures.
Aishling envisions to see a region which prioritizes the mental well-being of YPLHIV and the implementation of youth-led programmes
Korrion Gary is the Co-Director of Project G.L.O.W, an empowerment group for man having sex with men ranging from the age of 18-24 years. He has been working with the community for the past 2 years. Recently Korrion was the USMBGM scholar for “Ending the Epidemic” conference. He had the opportunity to host his very first empowerment group and did workshops on suicide, raising awareness to adolescents and young people on mental health issues.
Enow Awah Georges
Enow Awah Georges MD is a Youth Frontline Health worker, Sexual and Reproductive Health Consultant and a skilled Youth Advocate. He has over five years experience in research and advocacy on global health, HIV/AIDs, Non-Communicable Diseases, Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, child and Adolescent health. Enow is Famous for his multi-tasking character, dynamism, team spirit, diligence and quick adaptation to diverse cultural and professional settings. He is a leader in ensuring information education and communication activities to prevent and manage sexual transmitted diseases (STIs) and HIV/AIDS cases among vulnerable groups. He is passionate about young people’s sexual and reproductive rights with promotion of sexual diversity and defense of sexual rights. His work focuses on promoting gender equality and elimination of gender stereotypes. His personal and professional experience with activism has given him the opportunity to contribute to policy formulation around gender equality and SRHR issues Including HIV/AIDs. He is the Founder of Organization For Health in Sustainable Development (OHISD) a Youth-Led, Youth- Serving Organisation which focuses on Advocacy and service delivery in Sexual, Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (SRMNCAH).
Chinmay Modi is the Programme Assistant for Y+, a position funded by The Global Fund – Count Me In project. He is widely acclaimed for his attitude, hard work, determination and passion for working with the HIV positive community and young key populations.
Chinmay`s contributions range from representing adolescents and youth living with HIV; supporting, protecting and working for the people living with HIV community in Asia Pacific and across the globe; to being a ‘voice’ at many an international forum.
His honorary memberships include – Board Member of Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+); Country Focal Point Representative for India in Youth Lead Bangkok (an Asia-Pacific network); Board Member of National Coalition of People Living with HIV in India; member of Technical Advisory Group on HIV Self Testing Program – National AIDS Control Organization; and member of Working Group for the Revision of Training Curriculum for Nurses under Revised National Tuberculosis Control Program.
Chinmay is a young person “born and living positively with HIV” and is a motivation and inspiration to “positive people – young and old”.
Cédric Nininahazwe is the Programme Manager for Y+. Before this, Cedric was the Executive Director of the Burundian Network of Young People Living with HIV (RNJ+) from 2014 till later in 2016.
In 2012, he produced a report on the challenges around care for young people living with HIV in Burundi, which was the country’s first document to inform issues of young people living with HIV.
In 2014, Cedric helped RNJ+ to open a youth friendly centre for young people, particularly for young key populations to access sexual and reproductive health services, thanks to which RNJ+ won the 2016 Red Ribbon Award. Cédric is also a qualified lawyer.