Leading up to World AIDS Day, the United Nations International Children and Education Fund (UNICEF) held a media event aimed at releasing new statistics of HIV as they affect children and adolescents. An invite was sent out a month ahead to all parties that play an important role in HIV work affecting children.

On this prestigious list were the Associate Director for HIV/AIDS section of the Programmes Division of the UNICEF based in New York Dr Chewe Lou and various powerful advocacy media houses including Channel Africa and Voice of America.

On the exclusive list of invited guests was also Youth Health Africa recognised for its work in placing young people as HIV responders in their community healthcare facilities. The platform gave opportunity for one of our program youth to sit on a panel of 3 HIV work experts of which she was considered one of them for her work in HIV tracing.

A further platform to elaborate on what the project does and what the impact of having youth in healthcare facilities was given to three more youth on the program.

As this event was an embargoed press release, Youth Health Africa was under obligation not to share the contents of the press release until the embargo was lifted on November 26th at 08h00 CAT.

This was overall an exciting opportunity for the project and youth on it and we hope to continue to be a part of it going ahead.