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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) [Passcode: 215263]  + 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

  • Dr. Shannon Hader, Deputy Executive Director, Programme, UNAIDS

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



  • Michelle Wanjiru, Kenya


Setting the Scene

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


  • Operation Triple 0 – Rap song


Session 1: The challenge in front of us:

  • Franklin Wanyama, EDARP Kenya - Eastern Deanery AIDS Relief Programme

  • Brian Kipchumba, 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

  • 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


  • Fr. Richard Bauer, Eastern Deanery AIDS Relief Programme (EDARP), Kenya

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