National Empowerment Network of people living with HIV/AIDS in Kenya (NEPHAK) with support of Elizabeth Glazier Paediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) yesterday, 13th August 2016 launched Sauti Skika initiative in Kisumu County. The event took place in colorful ceremony at Imperial Hotel, Kisumu .It was attended by various stakeholders in the county lead by the county government through the Ministry of Health and other organizations who deal with matters adolescence and HIV like UNICEF. Sauti Skika Adolescents Networks is a National empowerment network of for Affected or Young People Living with HIV (A/YPLHIV) formed in 2015 and managed by the young. Basically the adolescents (10-19 years) and young people (20-24 years). They advocate for HIV awareness, strengthening of existing support groups, Meaningful involvement of YPLHIV and All in campaign (nothing for us without us) plus many more. They are represented countrywide. Kisumu, Siaya, Machakos, Nairobi, Mombasa Nakuru, Homabay, Migori.
Sauti Skika wants implementing partners to work with them, use them to get the Fast Track plan achieved. They work to alleviate HIV prevalence in the counties. The firm wants young people and other like-minded groups to join them to an adolescent stress free environment so that they can access services.
A great occasion. Time to listen to and engage the young people in Advocacy, planning and implementation of HIV and other services. Towards Zero HIV related stigma! Sauti Skika aims to have a pool of skilled and confident chsmpions as change agents who can engage in media related advocacy , policy and programming at the county, national & global levels.
‘We can’t cure them but we can show them some love. Nobody chooses to be HIV positive it’s all by accident. No cure is present but we can prevent new infections. 80% of new infections are in young people between 15 to 24 years.Don’t infect our future generation!! “