‘Month of Youth Against AIDS’
Youth in the SADC region have been urged to actively participate in the fight against HIV and AIDS. The call was made by various speakers at the closing ceremony of the cross border “Month of the Youth Against AIDS” programme. The colourful event was held in Kasane district of Botswana from the 29th to the 30th of March 2019.
The Permanent Secretary of Botswana’s Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development said the youth continued to be disproportionately affected by the disease. He reiterated his government’s commitment to reduce infections particularly among the youth. Other dignitaries who spoke at the event included the National AIDS Coordination Authority Director, UN … and the Chief Kazungula. The representatives of the National Youth Councils of Zambia and Zimbabwe also shared their country experiences.
The Government of Botswana has dedicated March as the Month of Youth Against AIDS. During the month, various activities are undertaken to raise awareness on the dangers of HIV and AIDS among the youth. In 2019, the Botswana National Youth Council, in partnership with the Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture introduced the cross border Initiative by inviting National Youth Councils from neighbouring countries.
The National Youth Development Council of Zambia and the Zimbabwe Youth Council joined their Botswana counterparts in the commemoration of that country’s Month of Youth Against AIDS. The participating countries recommended that regional strategies be developed to reduce HIV infections in the SADC region.
Youth Lead Activity Launch
The Youth Lead Activity Zambia was launched by the Minister of Youth, Sport and Child Development, Honourable Moses Mawere, on 16th April 2019 at the NIPA Conference. This is a three-year youth internship programme funded by USAID and implemented by FHI360 in partnership with the National Youth Development Council and Avencion Limited. Its goal is to support, network and elevate outstanding young leaders aged 18 to 35 to amplify the impact of their work and inspire civic innovation, promote a culture of sustained, citizen responsive leadership. As of April 2019, 50 youth had been trained to be placed in various host organisations including private, public and civil society organisations.