OUR CORE ACTIVITIES
The Focus of Our Efforts
YOUTH WORK EXPERIENCE
Youth are placed in entry-level roles in healthcare facilities across the country. We partner with PEPFAR and other Health Implementer especially in the 27 highly burdened HIV priority districts and the Department of Health. While youth are placed into entry-level roles, these roles are of importance with healthcare as youth directly contribute to management of HIV and TB. Their contributions have a direct impact on South Africa achieving the UNAIDS 95-95-95 targets.
With a stipend of R3500 per month in a one (1) year internship program, youth are managed and their performance is tracked accordingly. To ensure that youth emerge from their 1-year work experience employable, empowered and healthy, youth are trained throughout the program. From work readiness, to technical role-specific training, to development days which focuses on topics from mental health to career strategy, YHA youth emerge as active citizens. Post the program, YHA will broker an employment opportunity for the youth to an industry best suited to their skills.
HIV TESTING CAMPAIGNS
The Youth-focused HIV testing campaigns aim to encourage youth to know their status, stay on treatment and live healthy lives. Through these testing campaigns, major awareness about HIV is raised, as youth become champions in their communities by mobilising members to test. In these testing campaigns, masses of youth gather to see an end of HIV in our lifetime.
Working alongside health implementers, Youth Health Africa plans youth-focused HIV testing campaigns through leveraging youth completing their work experience to execute these testing events. These events take place at key locations to target key populations including taxi ranks, shopping malls, clinics and stadiums. The average number of persons tested at each event is 600 showing the passion and energy of youth when empowered to change the narrative of HIV in their communities.
It is well known that clinics in South Africa are often barriers to youth know their status and accessing treatment. Barriers at the clinics include staff attitudes towards youth accessing services, feelings of embarrassment and judgement, and non-relatability to clinical staff.
As a youth-focused initiative with niche expertise in youth and HIV, Youth Health Africa supports health implementers and their respective clinics in implementing Adolescent and Youth Friendly Services (AYFS) to ensure that the Department of Health’s Adolescent and Youth Health Policy 2017-2021 is a reality.
DIGITAL MEDIA CAMPAIGNS
The youth of today are a Social Media Generation. They leverage social media not only for personal image, but also for social justice matters. The power of social media leveraged by South African youth has been seen in campaigns such as #FeesMustFall, #EndRapeCulture and #AmINext? All of these social justice campaigns have not only sparked nation-wide dialogue, but have led to a deeper level of policy change.
Noting the power of social media, Youth Health Africa manages digital media campaigns to raise public awareness about HIV and youth unemployment, to de-stigmatize HIV and to encourage youth to be champions of change in their communities by testing and knowing their status. YHA also runs educational campaigns based on the needs of its clients.
In addition to a powerful social media, YHA produces a quarterly magazine highlighting the work of the youth and their partners.
ADOLESCENT GIRLS AND YOUNG WOMEN (AGYW)
YOUTH TESTING TEAMS
Dedicated Teams to Increase HIV Testing
DEMAND CREATION ACTIVITIES
From HIV to VMMC, our campaigns are effective and reach masses