Meet the Youth Champions for Differentiated Care
Country: South Africa
Occupation: Counsellor / Youth Club Facilitator
Organization: Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (WHRI)
Who are the Youth Champions?
I’m a young passionate activist and advocate. HIV lives in me, but it listens to my instructions, I’m in control of it and I live a positive lifestyle.
What motivated you personally to get involved in the HIV response?
I wanted to promote a different mindset to decrease HIV-related stigma and help young people living with HIV to accept their status. Advocating for better access to care services for adolescents so that they don’t feel scared to come to the clinic is very important to me.
What is the topic of your project?
Through focus group discussions, I gather feedback from young people living with HIV on innovations related to care for adolescents in two regions of South Africa, including youth care clubs (YCCs), peer navigators, and mHealth programmes.
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