Adolescents & HIV : The role of faith communities in supporting adolescents' prevention, treatment, care and leadership in the HIV response
Side Event to the 76th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA of 76)
Thursday 23 September 2021

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5:00-6:30 am San Francisco / 8:00-9:30 am New York / 12:00-1:30 pm Dakar /

2:00-3:30 pm Geneva / 3:00-5:30 pm Nairobi / 5:30-7:00 pm Mumbai /

7:00-8:30 pm Bangkok

Virtual – UNAIDS Platform (Zoom) + YouTube Live

Interpretation: English, French

Draft Agenda:


  • Wole AMEYAN, Technical Officer, Adolescent HIV, Global HIV, Hepatitis and Sexually Transmitted Infections Programmes, WHO


Welcome and opening remarks

  • UNAIDS High-Level representative

  • Dr. Angeli Achrekar, Acting U.S Global Aids Coordinator and Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy, PEPFAR


Setting the Scene

  • Dr. Chewe LUO, Director HIV, UNICEF: Adolescents & HIV in the context of COVID


  • The role of faith communities in supporting adolescents’prevention, treatment, care, and leadership in the HIV response


Session 1: The challenge in front of us:

  • EDARP, Kenya 

  • Venessia Fernandes, Human Touch, India 

Session 2: Lessons learned:

  • Gladys Mukaratirwa Programme Coordinator at Chiedza Community Based Orphan Welfare: Paediatric and adolescent adherence to ART support groups, Zimbabwe

  • Darlington Chikamhi, Windows of Hope Zimbabwe - Programmes Manager, Mutare, Zimbabwe: HIV care and support for adolescents living with HIV, Zimbabwe

  • Anthony Mtali Ngwira, Country Programs Coordinator, New Apostolic Church Relief Organization (NACRO): Family Interventions for Adolescent HIV Prevention in Mpamba, Nkhata Bay, Malawi

  • Tiffany Riggleman and Colin Moody, The Luke Commission: Teen Clubs in Eswatini



Closing and way forward

  • Sandy Thurman, Chief Strategy Officer, Office of the US Global AIDS Coordinator and Health Diplomacy, US Department of State

  • Suki Beavers, Director, Gender Equality, Human Rights and Community Engagement, UNAIDS