Y+ November 2019 Newsletter

29 Nov 2019

Dear friends,

As the end of the year approaches, we start planning for 2020, and we already have many ideas for both our organisation and network of young people. But despite all brainstorming, research, activities, keeping you, our main stakeholders updated on all the developments is important as it ensures that we meet your needs and expectations consistently.

We are introducing our first ever Y+newsletter which will be reflecting on our recent work and activities. This first issue is available on the website but subsequent editions will be sent to our mailing list. The newsletter will feature, news and updates of what we are up to in various countries and regions, opportunities for funding and work and many more goodies. This month’s newsletter is going to be looking at the recent Universal Health Coverage (UHC) workshop, ViiV Healthcare and Global Fund HER Voice Fund announcement,  ICASA 2019. Lastly, we share some two statements from our board.

Thank you for your continued support!

Warm wishes,

Cedric Nininahazwe

Programme Manager



Global Fund and ViiV Healthcare supporting youth-led programming and advocacy

We are excited to have been selected to managed and implement the HER Voice Fund in 13 priority
countries. As a network we have been instrumental in advocating for policies and programs that are
relevant for adolescents and young people’s health and well-being and ensuring that young people’s
voices are heard in a wide range of spaces not limited to programmatic and political. HER Voice
Fund is a Global Fund initiative supported by ViiV Healthcare to support young women and girls to
have a meaningful voice in decisions that affect their own health.

Under this grant we are going to:
● Manage and channel small grants in an effective and cost-efficient way to selected recipients in 13
focused countries: Botswana, Cameroon, Eswatini, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia,
South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

● Increase meaningful engagement of AGYW in Global Fund and related national processes and ensure
that relevant policy and programmatic changes are made to improve the health and well-being of
AGYW in the 13 priority countries.
● Refine the HER Voice Fund investment strategy,disbursing funds to support AGYW groups and community-based organizations to ensure meaningfulparticipation in Global Fund and related processes.
● Manage and strengthen the HER Voice Ambassadors network and support capacity building and
leadership development initiatives through creative partnerships.

We’re all geared up to join other advocates at the 2019 ICASA in  Rwanda!
Y+ will be joining other youth advocates from different countries at the 2019 International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) to be held in Kigali. Together with country networks of young people living with HIV, we are going to be learning and sharing our expertise in different strategic sessions not limited to the Youth Pre-Conference, Youth Special Session and to mention a few. Additionally, we have supported several adolescents and young people living with HIV to fully participate at this conference. We look forward to be connecting with each and everyone of you at ICASA and follow our social media platforms to access Y+ ICASA Road Map.

The voice of young people is very critical in the UHC discourse
ARASA, in partnership with UNAIDS East and Southern Africa Support Team and the partnership to
Inspire, Transform and Connect the HIV Response (PITCH), implemented by Aidsfonds, Frontline
AIDS and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands hosted a UHC regional workshop in
Johannesburg, South Africa. Young people living with HIV, those who identify as LGBTI, sex workers
among other marginalized populations have been left behind in the UHC discourse. Y+ presented
a youth-led campaign which will be launched at the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in
Africa (ICASA). The UHC implementation is moving very fast, discussions are being done at regional
and global levels and what does it mean for adolescents and young people in their diversity both
living and affected with HIV at country levels?

As young people we need:
● Young people’s voices in UHC – they are very important!
● Young people ready to speak up about our experiences and realities at national level.
● To hear from peer supporters on what it takes to make sure that young people are living
their rights fully.
● A team of young people in our diversity in every country to be involved and speak from an
informed position in UHC discussions at national level – calling for health as a human right!

Statements from the Y+ Board
Statement by Y+ Board on U=U
Statement on Y+ engagement by the Y+ Board