E-news - August 2017
“For me, working as Aidsfonds program officer on programs with a focus on young women and adolescent girls, their stories are my source of inspiration and motivation. To put them in their well-deserved spotlight, we have dedicated this e-news to empowered young people!” – Leon

As a result, in this issue:
“By being empowered I know, my future is in my hands.” Watch an energetic vlog in which young people themselves clearly illustrate the importance of being empowered
Get inspired by the 30 years experiences of Jo Reinders on how to best support adolescents to become empower young people. “What I like to see is a youth movement”
Learn about the comprehensive approaches of Aidsfonds on how we support young people living with or affected by HIV
Among new resources, the endline evaluation of the HIV and reproductive maternal and neonatal health services for women in Malawi project
No less than 3 dissertations within 2 of our porgrammes have been successfully defended

And much more. Enjoy reading this newsletter!
Team Children, Women and Young People Programmes

Empowered Young People – What, Why and How
“We learned to stand up for ourselves and to be a role model for others. The moment I heard my name, I felt so proud. I really believe in myself and in my future. As Ms Y+ I can inspire other young people living with HIV to realise their dreams.”
– Tryphena, 18 years old, Uganda, winner beauty contest for young people living with HIV

Tryphena’s story is a story of hopes and dreams, but mostly, it is a story of youth empowerment. Empowered young people are able to make informed choices and participate within the social, economic, and political context of their own lives. Like Tryphena, an empowered young person has the ability to bring positive change. For this reason, empowered young people have a crucial role in the AIDS response.
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“What I like to see is a youth movement, who makes SRHR a daily issue”
Technical Advisor Jo Reinders has just retired. He is a sexologist and has more than 30 years’ experience in national and international intervention development and implementation, training and consultancy in the area of (school-based) sexual health promotion, comprehensive sexuality education, HIV/STI prevention for youth and sexual and gender diversity.

A perfect time to ask him tips and tricks how to best support adolescents to become empowered young people.
Meet Jo
New UNAIDS report: Latest statistics on the status of the AIDS epidemic
Last July, UNAIDS released new data from 2016. A record 19.5 million people living with HIV are accessing antiretroviral therapy, and for the first time more than half of all people living with HIV are on treatment. However, this figure is less positive for children: only 43% of children living with HIV are receiving the treatment they need.

The number of children and adolescents living with HIV in the world (under 20 years) is currently 3.4 million. Many of them are not aware of their status; almost half of the young people living with HIV (15-25 years) does not know his or her status.

AIDS-related death rates are declining now in all age groups, including among the 15-19 age group, although that decline is relatively small. HIV is still the 4th leading cause of death in adolescents (10-19 years) in Africa.

The report also shows that the current gains can be easily reversed, and without more domestic investments and international assistance, we cannot push faster on the Fast-Track. Continued investments in particularly children, adolescents and young people are of utmost importance.
Download the report
AIDS Philanthropy Summit: FCAA@30 - Reigniting the Fight
On September 18 and 19, 2017, Funders Concerned about AIDS will host the 9th annual AIDS Philanthropy Summit. We are proud that Aidsfonds together with the Stephen Lewis Foundation and the Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation will present several insights on funding modalities to support community based organizations in being primarily responsible for community service delivery to achieve the end of AIDS in 2030.

2017 marks 30 years since Funders Concerned About AIDS was founded by a group of grant makers dedicated to bringing philanthropic attention to the AIDS crisis.
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Second PhD in the MaxART programme
On June 27, 2017 at the University of Amsterdam Thandeka Dlamini – Simelane of Swaziland has successfully defended her dissertation entitled “De-Globalizing Global Public Health - Travelling HIV Treatment Policies and their Imprints on Local Healthcare Settings in Swaziland”.

Thandeka is the second of three researchers who are affiliated to the MaxART programme. “This journey has been extremely rewarding and challenging as well. Today is a very special day", says Thandeka. At Aidsfonds we congratulate her with this milestone and we are proud of what she has achieved, both personally and for the MaxART programme. 
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Uganda: Integrated SRHR/HIV community service delivery in the Get Up Speak Out programme

Taking the opportunity of the Flexible Fund of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Get Up Speak Out (GUSO) consortium, the Uganda SRHR Alliance and Healthy Entrepreneurs will create an effective and efficient community service delivery model in Uganda. This will offer young people the SRHR and HIV information and services they desire and empower young people in generating an income.

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Implementation Strategy for School-based Sex Education Programme Long Live Love - PhD defense
On July 12th 2017 at Maastricht University, our Soa Aids Nederland colleague Lisette Schutte successfully defended her dissertation entitled: ‘Implementation strategy for the school-based sex education program Long Live Love: A dynamic process’.

Her research gave insight into the dynamic and challenging process of implementation, reconfirming that implementation is not a simple or obvious task and requires anticipating for it in every phase of intervention development.

Lisette: "There are no limits for every little girl with big ambitions, opportunity for education, and the freedom to dream."
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Resource: Flower of Participation

The Flower of Participation, developed by Choice for Youth, Get Up Speak Out Consortium and YouAct, is a tool to assess different forms of Meaningful Youth Participation (MYP). The roots of the Flower represent the core elements of MYP: the more of these elements is present, the more meaningful participation is and the more the flower will blossom. The insects represent forms of non-MYP, while the petals are the most meaningful forms of participation. The sun and the watering can represent the preconditions of MYP. If you want to know how to use the Flower of Participation:

How to use
Amsterdam Youth Force – Logo contest
Every International AIDS Conference, a group of young people and youth organisations come together to create the Youth Force. This group is an essential part of the International AIDS Conference, acting as a platform to unite young people and those who support a global agenda that places young people at the centre of the Global HIV response.

The Youth Force is looking for a young person to design the logo for the Amsterdam Youth Force for AIDS2018. The logo will serve to bring everyone together and to showcase the diversity, strength and leadership potential of young people today. Are you or do you know a creative mind between 15-30 years old? Check out the AYF Facebook for details on this competition
foto van Amsterdam Youth Force.
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Resource: Endline Evaluation - HIV and Reproductive Maternal and Neonatal Health services for women in Malawi
From 2014 to 2016 Aidsfonds, in collaboration with ICCO Cooperation and local organisations in Malawi, designed and implemented the project ‘Quality HIV and Reproductive Maternal and Neonatal Health (RMNH) services for women living with HIV in Malawi through Good Clinical Governance and Community-Driven Accountability’. This report provides a summary of the project and its impact as evaluated by a longitudinal study conducted by Invest in Knowledge.
Resource: Planning and Support Tool for Empowering Approaches to SRHR Education for Young People
This evidence and rights-based Planning and Support Tool helps organisations to identify how and what they can improve in order to have high quality HIV prevention and SRHR education programmes for young people in place. The fully revised second edition of this practical tool captures all up to date research findings and translated this evidence for practical use. The tool can be used to plan new interventions, but also to analyse existing interventions.
Resource: Link Up research published in Journal of Adolescent Health
Link Up (2013-2016) has improved the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of almost 940,000 young people who are most affected by HIV in Bangladesh, Burundi, Ethiopia, Myanmar and Uganda.

A supplement on the Link Up project is published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, exploring sexual and reproductive health and rights services for young people most affected by HIV.

1st International Workshop on HIV Adolescence
October 6-7, 2017 - Johannesburg, South Africa

13th AIDS Impact
November 13-15, 2017 - Cape Town, South Africa

19th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA)
December 4-9, 2017 - Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire

22nd International AIDS Conference
July 23-27, 2017 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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