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Some groups think we are too young to know. They should know we are too young to die.

Hector Osorio Bogran, 22, Honduras

Current status of Global Youth Partners

In its current phase, GYP is:


In its current phase, GYP is:

Learning lessons from successful advocacy campaigns and building partnerships and collaborative networks with other youth initiatives.
Raising the visibility of underserved and especially vulnerable youth in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Analyzing the national policy and funding environment with regards to HIV/AIDS.
Building capacity of GYP team members.
Developing national strategic advocacy action plans.

National strategic advocacy action plans are now in place in the Dominican Republic and Egypt.

In the Dominican Republic, the campaign focuses on increasing the share of municipal budgets allocated to HIV prevention for young people. To achieve this, the Dominican Republic GYP team is, among other things, engaging with mayors and local council men/women through a series of roundtables and other similar events to convince them of the importance of investing in young people and HIV prevention. Partners in this campaign are the local offices of the NGO Family Care International (FCI) and the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ).

In Egypt, the plan focuses on advocating for the establishment of so-called "Anti AIDS Clubs", i.e. school-based associations that will provide information and services on HIV prevention to students. The model has already been established in Alexandria/Egypt. The Egyptian GYP team will advocate for the expansion of this successful model to secondary schools in Mansoura, a city 3 hours north of Cairo. Partner in this campaign is the NGO Caritas/Egypt.

The GYP Panama team is currently in the process of finalizing their action plan. The team will be advocating for increased youth participation at several levels. Their objectives are to have two young persons in the National Commission for Sexual and Reproductive Health, two young persons in each of the 5 health regions chosen in the sub-commissions for SRH and two young people in pilot health centers. These young people will have the right to speak and vote, and will be advocating for an increase in resources allocated to the centers of the region and for the adequate provision of the sexual and reproductive health services, with an emphasis on HIV prevention directed to vulnerable youth.

Advocates for Youth works to promote youth-adult partnerships and empower young people as advocates and leaders in the field of sexual health. The Washington, D.C. based organisation has been an active partner in the GYP Initiative and conducted GYP advocacy training workshops in Panama (April 2004) and Egypt (October 2004). Advocates for Youth is also supporting the GYP initiative in its fund raising efforts.

For pictures of the Global Youth Partners Training and Advocacy Planning Workshop held in Cairo in October, please go to the Photo Gallery.

Additional advocacy action plans will be finalized for Lebanon and one country each in the Africa, Asia and the Pacific and Eastern Europe regions.

For up-to-date progress and news on GYP activities, please go to GYP News

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