12 December 2016
Over forty youths have come together today for the Youth Dialogue in the national response against HIV/Aids.
Four stakeholders have come together to organise this dialogue namely HIV and Aids Prevention and Control Programme of the Public Health Authority alongside the Citizens Engagement Platform Seychelles (CEPS), the Youth Health Centre and the Seychelles National Youth Council (SNYC).
The event has been organised to coincide with the Youth Festival as well as World Aids Day which was celebrated on the 1st of December. The aim of the dialogue was to sensitize and educate young people on their vulnerability to HIV and AIDS. The stakeholders also aimed to reiterate the importance of involving young people in decision-making roles in the fight against HIV and AIDS, as well as allow them to obtain the knowledge, experience and aspiration of young people vis a vis HIV and AIDS.
Through videos and presentations youths present were educated and sensitized on the current status of HIV/Aids in our country and the world. Participants then had the opportunity to get into groups and discuss various topics related to HIV/Aids.
This dialogue has primarily allowed young people to understand why they are one of the group most at risk groups to be infected with HIV. From the information they have received, the young participants have been prepared to be advocates in the fight against HIV/Aids. Some members of the group have even been identified to represent their peers on national committees related to HIV and AIDS.
Through the dialogue, young have been able to put forward their needs and concerns vis a vis HIV and AIDS. With the presence of heads of the various stakeholders, the points have been acknowledged. the next step is for the Public Health Authority , CEPS, the Youth Health Centre and SNYC lobby on thier behalf to include their views and ideas in national programmes.