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  • 3 months ago

    Our partner in Malawi, the Umunthu Foundation, run a youth group to bring young people together from the community and talk about sexual health.

    The Umunthu Foundation's youth group

    The group meets twice a week at the Umunthu clinic where they have a dedicated youth shelter, which means they can they can talk in private about things are worrying them. Members share what they have learned with their friends and encourage them to come for an HIV test.

  • 3 months ago

    Are you looking for a quick and easy way to support our work? Then look no further. We’ve recently signed up with Donr – a new UK text giving service.

    Text to donate

    So all you have to do is text AVERT followed by the amount you want to give (e.g. ‘AVERT 5’ to donate £5) to 70085. Your donation will then be added to your phone bill or deducted from your pay as you go credit. You can opt to give any whole amount up to £20.

  • 3 months ago

    We’re currently developing a new digital information hub for community health workers working in HIV and sexual health in Southern Africa. The new Hub will provide a range of resources on HIV prevention, treatment and support.

    Focus group discussion with Community Health Workers

    To understand the current gaps and priorities, we will be engaging with community health workers and the organisations they work with throughout the process. Here's one of our focus groups in action.

  • 3 months ago

    Emily is a HIV education through football coordinator from our partner organisation in Malawi, the Umunthu Foundation. We recently spoke to her about what the biggest challenges girls are facing when it comes to their sexual health and how the football project is helping to change that.

    Emily, HIV education through football coordinator

    “Early pregnancy and large numbers of girls having STIs. Dropping out of school because of pregnancy is the main challenge for girls here. We think having programmes for sexual and reproductive health can help to educate those girls in terms of how they can prevent those challenges and overcome them.

    At first girls were feeling shy to even ask you about the condom thing, it was difficult. But now when I go for the session they ask me ‘did you bring condoms for us, we need condoms!’”

  • 3 months ago

    Our Young Voices project was nominated as one of the three finalists for this year’s Bond Collaboration Award. The award recognises the importance of effective relationships and collaborations within and across disciplines to tackle difficult issues.

    Bond Collaboration Award finalist

    Collaboration and co-creation were core to Young Voices, bringing together 20 young people and 6 NGO partners from across Southern Africa to create the materials. So far, we’ve reached thousands of young people through social media and are now working with NGO partners to pilot the materials in their youth programmes.

  • 4 months ago

    Our partner organisation in Malawi, the Umunthu Foundation, has its own clinic in the heart of the local community. Here Eddah, one of the HIV testing counsellor, talks about the benefits of the clinic.

    HIV testing counsellor, Eddah

    “People coming to Umunthu commend our infrastructure - the privacy itself, as it’s away from most of the people. And the way we provide our services, we can take more time with each person.”

  • 4 months ago

    “They feel that it’s safe discussing it [sexual health] with their fellow youth, rather than other people like parents or someone older than them. They are more open discussing issues about sexual reproductive health.”

    Tadala - youth club coordinator

    Our partner organisation in Malawi, the Umunthu Foundation, run youth education programmes in schools and youth clubs. Tadala, one of the youth club coordinator, spoke to us about how these programmes are helping young people open up about their sexual health.

  • 4 months ago

    You may have noticed that we’ve added some new donate call to actions around the website. We want to reach as many people as possible with the information they need on HIV and sexual health, and with your support we can make that happen.

    Donate call to action

    Every contribution helps, no matter how small. If you can, please donate now

  • 4 months ago

    We’ve been running focus groups with community health workers in Southern Africa to find out what information they currently have access to, what the gaps are and what they would like to have.

    In our focus group in Zimbabwe (organised by FACT), the community health cadres told us that when they search for information 'the answers aren't always readily there'. They spoke about wanting more information on HIV prevention, treatment adherence and preventing teen pregnancy - as well as resources to tackle common myths and misconceptions.

  • 5 months ago

    We've just launched the first video in our brand new explainer series, telling you everything you need to know about HIV.

    What is HIV? video still

    What is HIV?’ gets straight to the point and gives you the facts, explaining how HIV works and what happens if it’s not controlled by antiretroviral treatment.

  • 5 months ago

    The popularity of our news service continues to increase! We published over 25 news stories between Oct-Dec and had over 140,450 views of the news stories in total – that’s an increase of 49.9% from the previous three months (Jul-Sept)

    An increase of 49.9%

  • 5 months ago

    Great to hear! user quote

    "Reading through testimonials of people living with HIV and AIDS has really helped me to understand a lot on what they go through.”

  • 5 months ago

    Our partner in Lesotho, PB, recently held a mother and daughters dialogue camp. They use this approach to bring young girls together with their mothers to break down barriers of communication and create a strong rapport so they can guide them on issues around HIV and sex.

    Schoolchildren in Lesotho

    It really helps to break down taboos and shame around talking about these subjects and helps young girls to be more confident that they someone to guide them when they have questions.

  • 5 months ago

    Did you know? We had an HIV take-over of the ELBI youth fundraising platform for 10 days over World AIDS Day. We developed two new fundraising videos and raised over £2,000!

    ELBI logo

  • 6 months ago

    At the end of last year we ran a promotional campaign for World AIDS Day, using user-generated content to encourage more young men and women to get tested for HIV in east and southern Africa.

    World AIDS Day video

    We had some great results with over 1,775,000 people reached through Facebook and Instagram and over 87,500 views of at least 50% of the video! You can find out more about the campaign here

  • 6 months ago

    Thanks for the feedback!

    Feedback from user

    "This website continues to be a saving grace for those of us working in HIV and SRH in the African region."

  • 6 months ago

    Charity is 17 and is a member of one of the safe spaces run by our partner BISO in rural Zambia. Safe spaces enable young people to talk openly about HIV and sexual health. 

    Two girls in the classroom

    “I have learnt a lot of things and my knowledge on SRHR has increased and am able to make informed decision regarding my sexual health. I have learnt the importance of waiting for sex, how to say NO, my sexual rights and also how I can protect myself from contracting HIV/STIs. I am now assertive and confident and always believe in myself and I have also become an inspiration to my friends.”

  • 6 months ago

    We love getting this kind of feedback from our users! 

    User quote

    “This was a very good and educative article. I found good material for my HIV youths and teens support group."