Meet the Youth Champions for Key Populations

Mncedisi Mthembu

Country: Swaziland
Age: 26
Occupation: Community Liaison
Organization: Family Life Association of Swaziland

Who are the Youth Champions?

I believe it is time that interventions to improve access and uptake of quality health services are led by key populations and that they feel ownership of these programmes.

What motivated you personally to get involved in the HIV response?

Having experienced all the negative effects of leaving key populations out of mainstream health programming and having worked with healthcare professionals in trying to improve access to non-discriminatory health services for key populations, I am motivated to contribute to the HIV response. I feel the work that is being done for key populations will never be enough as long as it is not them who are driving these interventions forward. I believe key populations need to lead all interventions seeking to improve access and uptake of quality and non-discriminatory health services for improved impact and ownership of the programmes.

What is the topic of your project?

My project focuses on the reduction of stigma towards young key populations in healthcare settings in the Lubombo region.