IGNITE! Sri Lanka launches new video promoting youth friendly health services
7th June 2016, Bangkok, Thailand – YVC in partnership with Young Out Here (YOH), a group of young key populations in Sri Lanka launched a video titled “A friendly space- An empowering effect”. The video aims to encourage young people, especially from young gay and young transgender communities to access HIV testing services regularly.
The video is developed under the IGNITE! Mentorship program launched by YVC in 2015. YVC IGNITE! Mentee from Sri Lanka, Ranaka Siriwardana lead the implementation of the project with the support of Bhoomi Harendran, coordinator of YOH group as the first small scale project under the IGNITE! program. The technical support for the development of the video was provided by the National STD AIDS control program of Sri Lanka.
“Young people, especially from key populations, are becoming increasingly vulnerable to HIV in Asia and the Pacific. Creating youth friendly HIV health services at the country level is imperative to encourage young people to access HIV testing regularly if we want to end AIDS by 2030”, said Bella Vongvisitsin, Chair, Youth Voices Count.
The video features young people from gay and transgender communities reflecting on their positive experience in accessing HIV testing clinics. These reflections are complemented by doctors of the National STD AIDS control program assuring young people the quality and friendliness of the HIV health services provided.
“Even though Sri Lanka is a low prevalent country, we have witnessed a steady increase of new HIV infections among young people over the past few years. It is critical that health service providers are sensitized to provide friendly and sensitive health services to young people” said Ranak Siriwardana, YVC IGNITE! Mentee.
The small scale projects which are being implemented in 8 countries including Bhutan, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Vietnam are supported by ViiV Health Care MSM and Transgender program. The technical support for implementation is provided by APCOM Foundation.
About Youth Voices Count
Youth Voices Count (YVC) is a regional network of young LGBTQ+ people in Asia and the Pacific. Since the establishment in 2010, YVC has evolved to represent the voices of young LGBTQ+ people in the region. With the new strategic plan YVC has identified 3 strategic priorities; 1. Advocacy on youth friendly health services, 2. Advocacy on acceptance at education and health care settings and 3. Monitoring commitments made to young people through various global and regional declarations.
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