We will be showcasing our Young Voices co-creation project at the bi-annual International AIDS Conference being held in Amsterdam from 23-27 July, as well as our Professionals Hub on Avert.org, and the work of two of our NGO partners in Southern Africa.
Global Village Booth 654
Avert is hosting a dynamic, interactive space in the Global Village at the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam between 23-27 July, highlighting our co-creation project Young Voices Africa - sex, HIV and relationships, our way.
The Young Voices project has developed a range of new HIV prevention materials through a co-creation process with young people from Lesotho, Malawi, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. It aims to give young people the space to talk about sex and relationships – their way.
As well as exhibiting the new information materials at the booth, there will be a range of activities where young people can meet, engage in guided discussions and try co-creation activities for themselves – building the capacity of young people in their peer-led work.
We’ll also be exhibiting youth-generated comic strip cartoons, developed as part of Young Voices, based on the experiences of young people negotiating HIV, sex and relationships in southern Africa.
Booth visitors can also create their own comic strip cartoons through our interactive comic strip creator.
Two participants from the Young Voices project from Zambia and Malawi will be attending the AIDS conference. They will be sharing their experiences of participating in the project, and leading ad-hoc discussions and activities in and around the Avert booth. They will also be participating in other youth-focused sessions and panels at the conference.
- Biographies of these Young Voices participants are available on request.
Avert Professionals Hub
At the Global Village booth Avert will be demonstrating the free information tools and resources available to support those working in HIV and SRH on Avert’s information and education platform Avert.org. If you are at the conference we’d love to talk to you and get your feedback on the site - you can also give us your feedback online.
Avert NGO Partners
Two of Avert’s partners in Southern Africa will be at the conference giving poster presentations showcasing Avert-funded youth work.
- Tuesday 12:30-14:30
Getting to the root: Addressing the barriers to HIV service access among the LGBT community in Lesotho
Lehlohonolo Mohasoa, from Phelisanang Bophelong (PB), Lesotho.
PB works to encourage young people in Leribe district to access HIV services and discuss sexual health.
- Thursday 12:30-14:30
Getting young people on board: How a community-based peer-led approach can improve SRH including HIV service uptake in rural Zambia
Isaac Phiri, from Bwafwano Integrated Services Organisation (BISO), Zambia.
BISO works with rural health centres in Mkushi district to reach young people, helping them to get the life skills and HIV awareness they need to live healthily.