Youth-driven design at the International Workshop on HIV & Adolescence

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YLabs is proud to be leading an interactive session at the 3rd International Workshop on HIV & Adolescence in October in Nairobi, Kenya.

The medical advances that have transformed HIV treatment into a manageable disease have yet to alter the stark reality for young people within key populations, particularly in low to middle-income countries. Even as AIDS-related mortality has decreased overall in recent years, AIDS-related deaths among adolescents increased by 50%. In other words, AIDS is far from over - especially for young people.

The main focuses at major meetings for advances in HIV management are either adults or children, thus often excluding adolescents as a key population. The International Workshop on HIV & Adolescence aims to both promote international interchange and advance the field by addressing challenges with innovative solutions.

YLabs will be leading an interactive workshop to build skills around youth-centered design, sustainability, and innovation. We’ll also be announcing an exciting new project at the conference! Be sure to follow YLabs on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, or Instagram to follow along.

Meet our team

Kysh Roberts is a YLabs research assistant based in Kisumu City Kenya. Kysh is also an active Peer Youth influencer and a change-maker who uses his creative skills in music, fashion, and dance to advocate for good health practices among young people. He is passionate about creating employment opportunities through artistic events in western Kenya.

Brenda Bakobye is a student at St Paul’s University in Nairobi, studying community development and social work. She is passionate about SRHR and HIV policy and advocacy - especially among young people. Brenda currently sits on the youth advisory panel of UNFPA Kenya and is a member of Sauti Skika, an initiative for-and-by young people living with HIV and with Maisha Youth, a virtual movement that inspires and empowers young people to make informed decisions that lead them to live healthy, productive lives and help them become agents of change.

Rebecca Hope is the Executive Director of YLabs. She is a doctor and design thinker who is passionate about catalyzing change for young people, with young people. Trained as an adolescent physician, she has ten years of experience designing and evaluating programs for young people around the globe.

Find out more about this years’ conference here.