We are dedicated to providing life-saving HIV treatment, care, nutritious food, support services and love to children and families affected by HIV in Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda and India.
The day before the opening Ceremony, I had the opportunity to sit down with Shyreen and David. These two Malawian Youth Leaders were preparing to bravely share their experiences of living HIV positive with President Joyce Banda and the Commission. We were able to share our stories about being young HIV activist. Together we talked about the difficulties of disclosure and being open about our status in our immediate community. Right before the opening ceremony, I grabbed quotes from both David and Shyreen. Shyreen went on to give a moving speech in which she expressed her struggles with HIV, the goals she aspires to achieve and her desired outcome from the UNAIDS Lancet Commission.
- Cristina Jade Peña
“Focus, to be responsible people it all depends if you can go to school and be a responsible person to help people in need” - Shyreen Mvula age 19
“We are looking for those networks that can bring us together and access to information about HIV and AIDS.”
- David Myrenda age 20
“We see ourselves as great leaders who can implement policies (for) people living with HIV. Having HIV doesn’t mean the end of life, it is the beginning of a new life. We have goals to accomplish just like any other person does.”
- Shyreen and David
-Cristina Jade Peña
Young people living with HIV hold special importance to KCA. For the next few days we’ll be featuring the diary of HIV/AIDS activist Cristina Jade Peña as she travels to Malawi and South Africa for a meeting with UNAIDS and the Lancet. Cristina contracted #HIV through mother-to-child transmission. She’s a powerful advocate and encouragement for women and young people living with HIV. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter along with EGPAF (Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Facebook - Twitter) for her updates.
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