We welcome Igor Kuchin as the new Y+ Global Board Chair
The Global Network of Young People Living with HIV (Y+ Global) Board held its 2019 ordinary meeting in Kigali, Rwanda soon after the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA 2019). One of the key outcomes of the meeting was the election of the leaders of the Board.
Igor Kuchin was elected as the new Y+ Global Board Chair. He will be working hand in glove with the entire Board with support from the incoming Vice Board Chair, Daren Paul (Y+ Global Asia Pacific representative) and the Treasurer, Renatta Langlais (Y+ Global Caribbean representative). Treasurer is a new position, which has been introduced to support the new Y+ Global strategy (2019 – 2021).
Igor is a medical student at the Sechenov University, Moscow, Russia and an Intern for Medical Affairs at Sanofi, Russia. He has extensive experience in HIV science, 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 HIV community as a volunteer at the Russian AIDS.CENTER Foundation, an organization which supports people living with HIV and disseminates information about the AIDS epidemic. Additionally, Igor is also a Health Ambassador with Hornet, a big key population network in Russia.
“I feel really excited about the upcoming responsibilities. In this year  we are getting bigger and brighter – it will be a busy year as there is a lot of work planned. As we continue building the Y+ Global brand globally, we will work tirelessly to ensure that the voices of young people living with HIV are heard and that young people are involved in the decision-making processes that affect our lives.” says Igor Kuchin, the incoming Board Chair.
It is imperative to note that in 2019, Y+ Global launched its exciting three-year strategy and now the network is in the registration process as the Global Network of Young People Living with HIV. In a bid to ensure that the network continue to thrive, succession planning and leadership transition are key hence there is going to be a handover process by the outgoing and incoming leadership.
‘’It’s been an honour to serve as Y+ Global Chair over this year  and be part of Y+ Global over the past two years, the best team l’ve ever been a part on. My time on the board is coming to an end. I’m so proud of what we’ve accomplished in 2019 and l have absolute confidence that in 2020 (and beyond) the Y+ Global team will soar and take the network even further. Watch this space, they’re amazing.” said Bakita Kasadha, the outgoing Y+ Global board chair.
It is of paramount importance to note that the Y+ Global Secretariat is becoming bigger and stronger! There are more programmes and opportunities which will help in amplifying the voices of young people living with HIV in their diversity at national, regional and global levels.
The incoming Board Chair indicated that in the year 2020, the Board and evolving Secretariat will focus intensely on;
- Working towards the achievement of the best quality of life for Young People Living with HIV from different backgrounds.
- The active involvement of adolescent girls and young women in advocacy and decision-making processes that impacts their health and well-being.
- Ensuring that national or regional YPLHIV constituencies are supported with a robust focus on organizational development, research, and advocacy on YPLHIV related priority issues including access to quality services and meaningful YPLHIV engagement in decision-making processes.
- Leaving no one behind – young people living with HIV including those from key and marginalized populations are actively and meaningfully involved in different spaces that impacts their lives.
- Enhancing the operational capacity by strengthening our secretariat with strong systems and competent human resources.
“We are growing, learning, leading and feeding into the bigger HIV, SRHR, social justice and youth movements – and we are all excited about it!” says Igor.