Are HIV programmes missing the young who need them the most?

[video, podcast] More than one in every four new HIV infections in Asia Pacific were in the young people (in 2020). More worrying is that almost all of these new HIV infections in the young people, were among the young key populations. Writing on the wall is clear: unless we scale up HIV programmes and increase programme effectiveness for the young key populations, we will fail to end AIDS by 2030.

[podcast] Putting young key populations first to end AIDS by 2030

This podcast features inspiring youth changemaker and psychologist, Applesta da Costa, who took part in 2022 Asia Pacific Youth Forum: Putting young key populations first to end AIDS by 2030. She devotedly works as a psychologist with young HIV key populations in Goa, India, as part of Human Touch Foundation team. 

[video] Putting young key populations first to #endAIDS by 2030 is vital

Gender Equality Talks | #GETalksLive

CNS launched Gender Equality Talks (#GETalksLive) in September 2022 on Safe Abortion Day, to underline the pivotal significance of bodily autonomy and sexual rights in progressing towards sustainable development for all. Only 99 months are left to deliver on the promise of UN Sustainable Development Goals, and unless we ensure gender equality and human rights for all the people of all sexual orientations and gender identities and expressions worldwide, we cannot deliver on these goals.

New TB treatment breakthroughs must reach those in-need without delay

[watch video interview | listen to podcast | हिंदी] Recently, results of a phase-3 study of a potentially game-changing TB treatment therapy were announced that give us enormous hope that shorter, all-oral (no injectables), more effective and less toxic treatments will reach those in-need globally without any delay.

Youth-led initiatives put the focus on bodily autonomy and sexual health

photo courtesy: ARROW

The Asia Pacific region is home to 60% of the world’s young population - 750 million young people of all genders aged 15 to 24 years. Many adolescents and young people in the region continue to transition to adulthood with inadequate information, including on matters of sexual and reproductive health and rights, that affects their physical, social and emotional well-being. At the same time, honing the leadership abilities of these young people can make them effective advocates for social change by proposing and implementing creative solutions for the most pressing issues that are affecting societies.