Hello Y+ friends and family,
We are participating in the UNAIDS Scenario building workshop for the future of AIDS in Africa.
The scenario building process is looking at the future of AIDS and Ending AIDS. It reflects on the future of HIV and AIDS in the wider context of health, policy, economics, socio determinants, technology etc. This enables a better understanding of the implications for policy and decision makers, strategies and the long term effects of choices made today.
Through these processes,
1. It will become clearer what elements of importance to the future of AIDS are certain and which elements are unpredictable
2. What are the outcomes that are most unexpected and what does this mean for the current and future plans
3. Who are the stakeholders and how might their roles evolve over time? How might they best be involved to achieve institutional or regional goals?
4. When will the end of AIDS be in sight and how might this be achieved?
UNAIDS has planned to address each of the seven UNAIDS regions through this process i.e. Asia and the Pacific, Caribbean, east and Southern Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Latin America, Middle East and North Africa, West and Central Africa. At the end, a collective set of global scenarios will assess the worldwide picture and offer concrete analysis for the policy development for the post-2015 agenda and the#End of #AIDS
As leaders of young people involved in the HIV response therefore, we should demand space to actively participate in these processes, we should meaningfully shape the building structures for the End of AIDS among Adolescents and young people too!
From today the 10th to 12th June, we are participating in the Africa region scenario building workshop here at the Glenburn Lodge in Johannesburg-South Africa, whose aims include;
1. Agreeing on the key question that is important for the future of AIDS
2. Exploring the current reality of HIV/AIDS throughout Africa and identify the critical dynamics (certain and uncertain) that will shape HIV/AIDS in Africa over the next 20-30 years
3. Developing the scenarios structures and fleshing each out
4. Identify the key structures of the scenarios and articulating them through compelling narratives and a logical time frame
5. Exploring the scenarios and agree on their use
In the house, we are honored to have Dr. Malika Issoufou Mahamadou the first lady of Niger, government and civil society representatives, Prof. George Magoha Vice Chancellor of the University of Nairobi, Researchers, programmers, HIV and Human rights activists. Young people are represented through Y+/The PACT and the Organization of African Youth:
Many thanks to Paska Kinuthia and the UNAIDS team for securing our space.
One participant’s hope for the future was;
“People will be seen as humans and provided Health related services depending on their disease condition but not their race, socio-economic background nor their sexual orientation”
Will continue to keep you posted
Co-Chair; SRH Working Group
Y+: The Global Network of Young people living with HIV