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HIV Young Leaders Fund

Supports organisations of young people affected by HIV/AIDS who are often excluded from or unreached by existing programmes, such as young sex workers, young men who have sex with men and young people who use injection drugs.

The impact

Having a three-year partnership with Positive Action has given us a unique opportunity to create a long-term vision and work plan for the young people most affected by HIV in the Southeast Asia and Pacific region. For one, we’ve seen that when young people affected by HIV are brought together to make funding decisions, they pick groups that are responding to the real and urgent needs of their peers, and they choose groups that don’t have access to other means of funding. So, for me, the highlight has been to see the power in a truly youth-led and youth-driven movement.

Key Facts

Project: 
Youth-led HIV Initiatives in Southeast Asia and the Pacific

Run by:
HIV Young Leaders Fund, in partnership with Youth LEAD

Region:
Southeast Asia and the Pacific

Population:
Young key affected populations (young sex workers, young men who have sex with men, young people who use injection drugs, etc.) and young people living with HIV

Challenges:
Heightened risk; barriers to prevention, treatment, care and support; stigma and discrimination; limited opportunities for youth and youth-led organisations to directly influence the policies and programmes that affect them

Activities:
Three year grant-giving programme for youth-led organisations focused on young people most affected by HIV; training workshops, peer support and other initiatives to provide grantees with access to mentorship tools and resources