To end HIV it depends on the youth. That’s why Youth against AIDS (YAA) brings more than 300 youth activists from all around the world in summer as ambassadors to the 22nd International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam. From the 23rd to the 27th of July AIDS 2018 will be the most important meeting on HIV / AIDS in the world. As an official partner of the International AIDS Society (IAS), the youth education initiative continues to position itself as the first point of contact for young people from all over the world in the fight against HIV / AIDS.
“AIDS is so 1980?” No, unfortunately not. With a worldwide publicity campaign, Youth against AIDS is launching the countdown with a livestream at Facebook in New York City. With provocative images, a global crowdfunding campaign and pre-events on every continent, the education initiative reaches millions of people around the world.
“Our generation can end AIDS. Who only talks about it, will achieve nothing. AIDS is still one of the leading causes of death for young people today. We can finish that. That’s why we use our campaign to mobilize young people around the world and make our contribution to ensuring that the voice of youth is heard in Amsterdam.” says Daniel Nagel, Chairman and CEO of Youth against AIDS.
“The active participation of young people is instrumental at the International AIDS Conference,” said IAS Executive Director Owen Ryan. “We are thrilled to partner with Youth against AIDS and leverage the global platform of AIDS 2018 to elevate the voices and perspectives of young people in the HIV response.”
The partnership between YAA and IAS is the result of a first cooperation at the 9th IAS Conference on HIV Science in Paris. With more than 50 young people YAA traveled to the conference, designed its own youth program and exchanged views with the leading figures from science, politics and society. It was the starting signal for an incredible success story, which will continue this year.
Today the initiative is supported by personalities like Dr. Angela Merkel, Jens Spahn (German Federal Minister for Health, Advisory Board member of YAA) and Dr. Gottfried Hirnschall (WHO).
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