In an effort to increasing comprehensive knowledge about HIV/AIDS among adolescents and young adults, the Zambian Youth Platform (ZYP) held and implemented virtually the Youth Prevention Advocacy Campaign (Y-PAC).
The advocacy campaign which took place from June-July 2021 also aimed at increase adolescent’s and young adult’s access to high-impact HIV services was implemented through various social media platforms targeting adolescents and young people.
A total of 136 messages in line with the advocacy campaign were formulated and posted on ZYP’s social media platform namely; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube targeting young people.
It was noticed during the campaign that over 178,800 accounts were reached on Facebook and 314 new followers were gained. Relatively, it was noted that our campaign was being followed mainly by male young people (25-35 years) and the majority of the audience were aged 18-24 respectively.
Most of the engagement were as a result of the live advocacy online show on our Facebook and YouTube channels with Facebook having 26 reactions, 12 comments and 2 shares and YouTube only having 66 views, 4 likes and 5 comments respectively.
The virtual show was hosted by ZYP’s Executive Director Sibu Malambo and the panel comprised of UNAIDS Zambia Country Director Dr Tharccise Barihuta who stated that UNAIDS approved the Global AIDS Strategy which aims at ensuring everyone has access to equitable HIV services and address barriers for the key population access to services.
He added that young people are key in HIV prevention as they are able to share best practices with their fellow peers and interventions like the youth advocacy campaigns are just one of the very few programs the youths can take advantage of.
And National AIDS Counsel country Director Zambia Dr. Connie Osborne who was among the panelist said the National AIDS Council has embarked on Compressive Sexuality Education which caters to all age groups including the children from grade 5 to young adolescents in secondary schools.
She further urged the youths to get involved in the many different campaign programs and join organizations like the Zambia youth platform which are championing sexual reproductive health rights.
Dr. Connie commended the Zambia youth platform for such an initiative and its role in championing sexual reproductive health at a community level and national level through virtual meetings like the one held.
Watch the live video here
By Mutute Nsang’anyi.