YOUNG Global Network for Young People Living With HIV (Y+ Network) has received the HER Voice Fund, a Global Fund and ViiV Healthcare initiative to ensure young women and girls have a meaningful voice in decisions that affect their health.
By Michael Gwarisa
The HER Voice initiative was created in recognition of the vital role adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) have in driving and shaping the HIV response.
Speaking on the development, Y+ Global Programmes Manager, Cedric Nininahazwe said it was time for action.
The message is now shut your mouth and do your work!, we can no longer say we need funding or meaningful engagement- we have that now!
“We are ready to be held accountable by both the young people and donors!! We wanted meaningful engagement we now have it and Its up to us to deliver,” said Nininahazwe.
The HER Voice Fund provides small grants to AGYW-led community-based groups to facilitate participation and engagement.
Meanwhile, the Y+, the Global Network of Young People Living with HIV, was been selected to manage and implement the HER Voice Fund, and the parties are now actively engaged in discussing the contractual terms.
ViiV Healthcare Positive Action programmes is taking the lead to drive community-led responses to HIV and empower AGYW and their communities to tackle the HIV epidemic. Addressing the epidemic amongst AGYW is a key objective of the Positive Action 2020 – 2030 strategy and a priority for ViiV Healthcare to ensure that no person living with HIV is left behind.
“Y+ was selected owing to its significant experience working for and with young people living with and affected by HIV. Y+ has strong youth-led and youth-owned networks in all 13 priority HER Voice countries Y+ has been instrumental in advocating for policies and programs that are relevant for adolescents and young people’s health and well-being, and ensuring that young people’s voices are heard in programmatic and political spaces.
“The selection of Y+ as the implementing partner demonstrates our collective commitment to supporting the leadership role of young people in the HIV response,” said VIIV Healthcare.
Y+ will establish an operations unit to support the delivery of the following project objectives:
- Manage and channel small grants in an effective and cost-efficient way to selected recipients in 13 focused countries: Botswana, Cameroon, Eswatini, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
- Increase meaningful engagement of AGYW in Global Fund and related national processes, and ensure that relevant policy and programmatic changes are made to improve the health and well-being of AGYW in the 13 priority countries.
- Refine the HER Voice Fund investment strategy, funding model and M&E framework, managing and disbursing funds to support AGYW groups and community-based organizations to ensure meaningful participation in Global Fund and related processes.
- Manage and strengthen the HER Voice Ambassadors network and support capacity building and leadership development initiatives through creative partnerships.