Strategic information is an integral advocacy tool in the assessing interventions for YKP. The Task Team has taken strides and is leading globally in key publications focused on issues of YKPs. These reports can be accessed via the links below.
This small scale research project which included an online survey and 4 Focus Group Discussions (FGD) was conducted by Youth Voices Count with the support of UNICEF in order to explore the preparedness and willingness of adolescent gay, MSM and transgender women to use PrEP as an additional prevention method to protect themselves from HIV. The online survey was disseminated in Bangkok, Ho Chi Min, Jakarta and Manila through online platforms and the FGDs were conducted in the same cities with 5 -7 gay, MSM and transgender female adolescents between the ages of 15 – 19.
Youth LEAD aims to surface the issues of adolescent key populations including adolescents living with HIV through their personal stories. This book presents seven stories of adolescents in three countries, namely, Thailand, China and the Philippines with an aim to inform ways to support and strengthen HIV programming and policy development in the region. Most importantly, these stories reflect realities of adolescents from key populations that may inspire other adolescents on how they are able to weather the storm and fight for their rights.
Bridging the Gaps: UNDP youth strategy and key populations
Youth Voices Count launched “Bridging the Gaps”, a guide to integrate our advocacy as young key populations using the Sustainable Development Goals and the UNDP Youth strategy.
The guide provides young advocates an analysis of the UNDP Youth Strategy and its linkages to Sustainable Development Goals. The objective of the guide is to enable them to use both SDG and UNDP Youth Strategy platforms to deliver integrated and effective advocacy interventions at the local, regional and global level.
Voices of change
Youth LEAD has proven itself as a leading force in transforming young key populations into leaders that can stand up for themselves and their communities, advocate and lead change, and bring about innovation. When young people are given the skills and the platform to meaningfully participate in bringing the change, there is no limit to their potential. Youth LEAD is very proud of all its bright young members from different countries and appreciates all their hard work in leading the response.
This publication highlights the stories from Youth LEAD’s focal points from different countries.
Adolescence is a time of wondrous transformation. It is also a time of experimentation with sex and drugs, with potentially grave consequences for the spread of HIV. In Asia and the Pacific, one in seven new infections in 2014 occurred in 15-19 year olds. The region in 2014 accounted for almost one quarter of global new HIV infections among adolescents (aged 10-19).1 Even as impressive inroads are made against entrenched epidemics in the region, many countries, including Thailand, Indonesia, Pakistan and the Philippines, are witnessing growing HIV infection rates among the most vulnerable adolescent populations.
This report highlights the HIV crisis for vulnerable adolescents in Asia and the Pacific and what we can do to give them the support they desperately need. If we fail to do this, the world will not get to where it wants to be: ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030.
Understanding data can be complex for anyone. This handbook produced by UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Rregional Office in partnership with UNESCO, UNFPA, WHO, UNAIDS, Youth LEAD and Youth Voices Count, will help simplify some of the key questions you have about HIV terms, data and statistics. It’s design for young people between the ages of 15-24 years old of age who are interested in HIV issues and have some basic math skills. Adolescent and young peer educators, young advocates and young people involved in HIV programming for young people, including those from key populations at higher risk of HIV exposure, will find it particularly useful.
This handbook is designed as a comic book to take readers through the explanations. There are four key sections (a) defining and using key terms about data; (b) reading tables and graphs; (c) producing graphs for information sharing and advocacy; and (d) questioning data. At the end of the handbook readers will find quizzes to help test their learning, as well as definitions for terms used throughout the handbook.
The NewGeneration Leadership Training Course, or NewGen, was piloted in the Philippines in 2011. Thirty young people working with and from key populations around the country participated in this unique fiveday training course that was designed for young key populations and focused on advocacy, leadership and personality development. This successful training course was led by a trainer from the University of Melbourne, Prof. Helen Cahill, who ably conducted the activity together with young facilitators from Youth LEAD. This training was the beginning of a journey for the young leaders who participated, allowing them an opportunity for growth and transformation.
This book is a documentation report of the training evaluation workshop of NewGen in the Philippines but presented in a creative way to highlight the stories of leadership and transformation that the 15 NewGen leaders produced. But even the stories are not presented in a straightforward manner. Instead, they are written as letters to the future selves of the 15 NewGen leaders to inspire the readers, especially the new generation of young leaders from key populations, to also reflect on their journeys and their hopes and dreams for themselves and their communities.
New Gen Review Evaluation
This report aims to provide an overview of the key existing reports focusing on the evaluation and development of NewGen to date. It primarily provides analysis of data collected in 2014 which investigates the actions taken and the impacts resulting from the months following the NewGen training.
NewGen has a robust monitoring and evaluation system to measure the knowledge and skills of the participants, to assess the contents and methodology of the sessions and to capture best practices during the training. The methodology involves:
1. Pre and post training questionnaires
2. In-depth interviews of selected participants
3. Assessment of sessions by all participants
4. Individual self-reflection tools
5. Process documentation
Apart from these methods, the post-training evaluation involves a survey of participants to measure the changes occurred in their personal and professional life due to skills learnt from the trainings.
Youth Voices Count Advocacy Agenda
The YVC Advocacy Agenda is the result of consultations with its members on their top priorities and approaches at the community, national, and regional levels; and with the advisors and external stakeholders to give some insight into YVC’s strategic direction from the outlook. The Advocacy Agenda also reviews some key issues facing young MSM and young transgender persons in the region through literature review. Perspective of YVC Secretariat was also reflected in the document.
The Advocacy Agenda maps out YVC’s action, commitment, and transparent approaches to the three priorities identified, including: addressing self-stigma and its linkages to HIV through pushing for enhanced programmatic responses, increasing uptake of HIV prevention and treatment programs, and countering the broader social stigma and discrimination that impact young MSM’s and young transgender persons’ health outcomes.
In or Out? Review of YKP in NSPs
National strategic frameworks or plans (NSPs) determine a country’s national response to HIV and AIDS, guiding allocation of funding, resources and human capacity and are now critical for Global Fund investments.
In the Asia-Pacific region, with low/concentrated epidemics, one would expect that NSPs would prioritize key populations at higher risk of HIV exposure, including men who have sex with men, transgender people, sex workers and their clients, people who inject drugs, and people living with HIV. This includes young key populations (under age 25), who are believed to represent around 95% of new infections among young people and who are experiencing growing epidemics in many countries in the region.
It aims to inform country-based reviews and progress reports of current NSPs, and the development of future plans with greater attention to these populations.
Young People and the Law
Young People and the Law is a groundbreaking study on the impact of laws and policies on young people’s access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and HIV services. It was released at the 11th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP11) and was commissioned by UNESCO, UN-FPA, UNAIDS, UNDP and Youth LEAD and authored by John Godwin. The report offers recommendations on steps that can be taken to address challenges keeping young people from accessing essential health and information services. These cover legal reforms, changes in law enforcement practices and the greater inclusion of young people’s voices in drafting policy related to SRH and HIV services.
Lost in Transition
The Asia Pacific Network of People Living with HIV (APN+) undertook a year-long work programme in 2013 to better understand the issue of adolescents living with HIV. This included a literature review, in-country formative research and a regional consultation.
The regional consultation, entitled „My Right to Health‟ was held in Bangkok from 16-18 February 2013. The meeting brought together 14 adolescents and young people living with HIV from 10 countries in the Asia-Pacific region to share their experiences of living with HIV and identify strategic actions to address shared challenges.
The results of this process were consolidated in the report released by APN+ in partnership with UNICEF, UNESCO and Treat ASIA: “Lost in Transitions: Current issues faced by adolescents living with HIV in Asia Pacific”. The report highlights significant gaps in how communities and governments in the region are addressing the needs of adolescents aged 10–19 living with HIV.
The report captures the experiences of adolescents perinatally infected with HIV as they disclose their status, deal with life-long antiretroviral treatment, move from paediatric to adult health care services and navigate sexuality and relationships. It also includes the perspectives of adolescents who acquired HIV through unprotected sex and drug use.
Making the Case with Strategic Information
Although HIV risk among adolescents and young people is well-documented, there is still a need for better strategic information on young people at higher risk of HIV exposure. Reliable strategic information, disaggregated by age, sex and other characteristics, including knowledge, risk behaviours, and use of services among these groups is crucial for informed programme planning and policy decision-making.
To improve the collection and reporting of strategic information on young people from key populations, UNICEF, UNESCO, UNFPA and UNAIDS have published “YKPs at Higher Risk of HIV in Asia and the Pacific: Making the Case with Strategic Information”.
The publication draws on the outcomes of an expert meeting on Methodologies for Obtaining Strategic Information on Young People at Higher Risk of HIV Exposure, held in Bangkok, Thailand from 3-5 September 2012 . It is designed to be used by national HIV and AIDS programme planners and managers, and those work-ing in local, national and international governmental and non-governmental organizations that commission, collect and use data about YKPs for advocacy, policy-making, and programming. Although the guidance focuses on the Asia and Pacific region, it likely has wider global application and use.