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Addressing gaps in HIV prevention, testing and care, improving service provision and treatment outcomes for adolescents through to adulthood.

Positive Action for Adolescents (PAA) is delighted to announce 5 new Youth-Led grants as part of our Youth-Led Grants Programme.

The Youth-Led Grants Programme was announced in September 2017 to mark SPARK17, the event dedicated to young advocates working in the field of HIV hosted with partners at Sentebale’s Mamohato Children's Centre in Lesotho. This call provided a unique opportunity for Youth-Led organisations as well as Youth-Led projects to apply for grant funding of up to a total of £50,000 over a period of 1-2 years.

We received over 170 applications from 31 countries with interventions covering all 5 PAA strategic areas. Our advisory Board of external experts selected 5 projects to receive funding. Awarded projects align with the strategy and focus of ViiV Healthcare’s Positive Action for Adolescents programme and are youth-led by individuals aged 18-30 years, either within youth-specific organisations or host organisations supporting the young persons’ programme. The following projects will receive up to £50,000 per year over a 1-2 years. 

Supporting and strengthening organizations and projects that are led by and impact young people in all of our diversity should be a priority to all involved in the HIV response. This first set of YLGP grants aim to foster and develop new strategies that better serve and document the treatment and care needs of young people. As we welcome these new grantees, we also make a call to all funders and partners within the HIV response to commit funding and support to young people living with HIV if we truly want to end AIDS by 2030.

Carlo André Oliveras Rodriguez, Coordinator, Adolescent HIV Treatment Coalition, International AIDS Society

Grants Awarded

Project Title


Project Country

Techno-peer intervention for improving sexual self-efficacy among adolescent and youth in Maharashtra, India



Summer Camps for HIV infected adolescents with unsuppressed viral load and adherence challenges in rural areas of Uganda

Makerere University-Johns Hopkins University (MU-JHU) Care Ltd


#WhatGirlsWant: Mentoring Girl Leaders

ATHENA Initiative


Comprehensive Evaluation of Adolescents HIV Testing and Treatment Outcomes (CEAH-TTO)

Youth Service Organization (YSO)


PARSAEH (Participatory Action Research for Strengthening Adolescent-Led Engagement in HIV/AIDS)

Rural Women Center for Education and Development (RuWCED)


*please note that all grant awards are subject to satisfactory completion of all necessary due diligence checks.


Youth-Led Grants Programme Advisory Board

  • Bakita Kasadha
  • Carlo André Oliveras Rodriguez
  • Janet Seeley
  • Linda-Gail Bekker