Baylor-Uganda has selected 8 HIV-affected youth out of over 3,000 to attend the AIDS 2014 conference in Melbourne, Australia in July 2014. These youth have overcome stigma and discrimination to be open about their HIV status in order to share their stories and inspire others. The AIDS 2014 conference is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for them to meet with and influence global leaders in the HIV/AIDS community and to develop their advocacy, mobilization, and public speaking skills.
The strongest voices in the fight against HIV/AIDS are those of the individuals who face the disease every day. Yet too often, these voices are missing from the highest-level conversations - the conversations that determine policy, influence opinion, and impact the lives of millions of people. AIDS 2014 is the world's premiere conference devoted to HIV/AIDS and the site of many such conversations. We need to ensure that all stakeholders - including young people living with HIV - can take part.
With your help, Baylor-Uganda can send 8 young people living with HIV to the AIDS 2014 conference to present a workshop on adherence and to have their voices heard by leading public health experts, researchers, policymakers, and activists. These youth delegates have been selected out of Baylor-Uganda's 3,456 adolescent clients for their passion, courage, and commitment to fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Their input at the conference, and their influence on its attendees, will be invaluable.
Attending the AIDS 2014 conference will be a life-changing opportunity for the 8 youth delegates. They have already identified themselves as leaders; this experience will recognize the contributions they have already made to the fight against HIV/AIDS and will inspire them to continue their work. They will build meaningful relationships with each other and with fellow activists from around the world. Their workshop on adherence will introduce attendees to a truly client-centered approach.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).