SPECIAL PROJECTS: Youth Voices at AIDS 2016 | Children's Radio Foundation

We use radio to amplify youth voices across Africa, giving them the skills and tools to speak about their lives

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In partnership with the International AIDS Society, the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation and Makhulu, we are proud to launch the Youth Voices multimedia campaign. This advocacy initiative highlights the stories and perspectives of youth who are speaking out about their experiences and needs in the HIV response. Our project shares the personal stories of youth from South Africa, Zambia and Tanzania to ensure that their voices are heard in the global response to HIV. 

In 2014, two million adolescents (aged 10-19) were living with HIV globally, and in sub-Saharan Africa HIV was the leading cause of death. This past weekend was National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – a moment to draw attention to this stark reality. But if we want to enable change, we must amplify the voices of young people infected and affected by HIV, to actively shape HIV programmes and investment priorities that respond to their specific needs.

Nolusindiso (Sindi), 24 from Wesbank in Cape Town shares her powerful story about how she contracted HIV and her challenges in accessing treatment and being stigmatized. You can watch her story here. She walks about 8km every month to a youth clinic in Khayelitsha to get her treatment, and receive the group support she needs. Sindi wants to see more investment in local clinics to help support those in need like herself.

Our Youth Voices project will produce photographs, videos and audio slideshows to be shared at the International AIDS conference in Durban in July 2016. We are currently in post-production with the material from Zambia, and will start shooting in Zanzibar, Tanzania this month. Read more about the campaign here and stay posted for more updates!



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