22nd International AIDS Conference
Amsterdam, Netherlands | 23-27 July 2018

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The Amsterdam Youth Force represents youth perspectives during the AIDS 2018 conference.

We aim to be the driving force behind an inclusive and meaningful youth programme that will represent young voices from around the world. As part of the Global Village, youth gets to set its own programming which demonstrates the work and struggles of young people worldwide.

Social events
24 February 2018

24 February 2018

General Assembly

Amsterdam

We are having our general meeting with updates on all the Working Groups. Feel free to join in Person or virtually.

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2 March 2018

2 March 2018

Annual CHIVA Converence “Going Forward”

Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ, United Kingdom

We are pleased to announce the 12th Annual CHIVA Conference ‘Going Forward’ will take place on Friday 2nd March from 8.45am-5pm. The Programme includes: "Preventing Mother To Child Transmission - the Swiss approach + breastfeeding update", "U=U - the story for young people" and "10 years on - Talking about HIV - the Swedish model".

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17 March 2018

17 March 2018

General Assembly

Amsterdam

We are having our general meeting with updates on all the Working Groups. Feel free to join in Person or virtually.

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22 March 2018

22 March 2018

IFMSA-NL | Roest goes RED

Amsterdam Roest, Jacob Bontiusplaats 1, Amsterdam

Together, we can rid the world of AIDS! Do you want to help us? Come to the Roest goes Red party. This year, your donation, will help finance the Amsterdam Youth Force's AIDS-awareness projects.

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18-20 April 2018

18-20 April 2018

EECAAC 2018

Moscow, Russia

The main goals of the Conference focus around discussing the measures for eliminating HIV infection and other socially significant diseases in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, presenting high-performance programs and exchanging experience among scientists, experts, policy makers, healthcare professionals and public figures in relation to the best HIV response strategies.

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Youth Force community

Our mission: We want to structurally de-stigmatise HIV & AIDS and contribute to the prevention of new (co-) infections by empowering youth. We will do this by mobilising young people, strengthening their voices and aim them in the right direction so that the youth’s perspective can’t be ignored. One of the spotlights of the AIDS 2018 Conference is the Eastern European and Central Asia (EECA) region due to the alarming increase of new HIV infections. The Amsterdam Youth Force area will foster a special relationship with this region.

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Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges

The HIV epidemic in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) region

The HIV epidemic in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) region - that’s what you often hear when people are talking about AIDS2018 conference. Why is it so often mentioned? What does it have to do with the AIDS2018 conference in Amsterdam? The reason why the EECA region is important for the conference is because this region is the only region in the world where both new HIV cases and AIDS-related deaths are rising dramatically.

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Need to know!

What is the difference between HIV and AIDS?

Since the first appearance around 1980, there is no region of the world untouched by Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) /Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Over the past two decades, due to intense research and community involvement, great progress has been made in the understanding of HIV and AIDS.

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Portraits

The optimistic journey…

I am Chinmay Dharmesh Modi from Gujarat, Surat. I was born on 13th March 1993 in a joint family. My father was a successful business man. We were living our life happily in joint family where we had everyone to support us and to be with us. We had a lot of respect in our family and lived a prestigious life. Within a while my mother was having some problems regarding Gyenc issues, so the doctor ordered a few medical test and blood test. Everything was perfect in the reports.

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Meet the Youth Force

Steering committee


Iris Weges

Netherlands

Tomás Pico Chang

Venezuela

Mark van den Elshout

Netherlands

Lotte Dijkstra

Netherlands

Evdokia P. Romanova

Russia

Liselotte Zoetmulder (Lilo)

Netherlands


Iris Weges

Iris hopes to connect people across their differences. She works for equal rights and opportunities for people from different backgrounds- particularly when it comes to sexual and reproductive health and rights. Iris is a Communication Manager for the Female Health Company; manufacturer of the FC2 female condom. Her experience is based in multicultural, international settings doing qualitative research and translating results into action. Iris's passion and interests meet at the crossroads of gender, sexuality, multiculturalism and feminism. When she is not working on SRHR and female condoms she writes and does collaborative project work on these topics with activists and artists.

Tomás Pico Chang

Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela Tomás is a lawyer specialized in International Law and Development Studies. Program Officer for the "HIV and Human Rights" Program of Hivos, in The Netherlands. Tomás provides technical, strategic and administrative support to 16 human rights-based HIV prevention and treatment projects in Latin America, Africa and South East Asia. These projects are implemented in approx. 26 countries through more than 50 local community based organizations. He firmly believes that the HIV response will not meet the global targets set for 2030 if we do not address the underlying drivers of the epidemic - poverty and inequality, harmful gender norms, gender inequality, and all forms of discrimination and criminalization – that limit the basic human rights of Key Populations.

Mark van den Elshout

Mark started his work in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) in 2012 by organizing Comprehensive Sexuality Education for primary schools. In 2016 this led to him organizing a European student conference on this topic. Currently, Mark works as a medical doctor and sub-investigator for two PrEP studies at the Department of Infectious Diseases of the Amsterdam Public Health Service.

Lotte Dijkstra

At the start of medical school, Lotte joined a sexuality education project for primary schools with IFMSA-NL. After being active in this project and other SRHR-related projects for three years she became the first Dutch Youth Ambassador for SRHR. In this role she gained experience with SRHR, HIV/Aids and meaningful youth participation at national and international level. Currently she is an advocate with CHOICE for Youth and Sexuality, chairs the local chapter of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines and does clinical internships in various hospitals around Amsterdam.

Evdokia P. Romanova

Evdokia is a sexual and reproductive rights activist from Russia, who is focusing on the topic of HIV related stigma in her research and advocacy practices. During her teenage years Evdokia has joined local youth organization that was using theater for the prevention of HIV in the Russian community. This topic has strengthen her interest in the research she has conducted on the topic of HIV stigma (for her BA in Russia) and theater as a mean of empowerment of people living with HIV (participatory action research for her MA in the USA). She was serving as a staff member of the Russian NGO since 2011 in her home city Samara and as an international advocate for sexual and reproductive Rights for the international human rights organization Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights since 2014. Evdokia is specifically interested in the ways creative approaches and art may be used in the practices of activism, advocacy, and community work.

Liselotte Zoetmulder (Lilo)

Liselotte Zoetmulder (Lilo) is the AIDS 2018 Project Manager for the International AIDS Society, one of the organizers of the 22nd International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam in July 2018. Having lived and worked in the Netherlands, US, Mexico, Australia and Switzerland, she has diverse experience in working at the community level with vulnerable and marginalised communities, as well on high-level lobbying and advocacy. With a background in life sciences and political science, Liselotte is particularly passionate about improving the health of key populations (with a core focus on women and girls), and working in partnership with communities to identify and address their own needs.

Edward de Rooy

With a background in law, economics and consulting, Edward is a passionate connector who works hard to connect community (key populations), young scientists, activists and young leadership. With a Liberal Arts and Science Bachelor, a Masters in European Law and a Masters in Law & Economics, Edward is now working on his Bachelors in Dutch Law at the University of Amsterdam. Edward is currently based in Amsterdam.

Anna Devereux

Always known as curious and opinionated, Anna is an advocate for the power of social change. Studying anthropology and politics at Maynooth University in Ireland instilled a deep belief that actors have the capacity to influence society even in minute ways. Anna identifies as a feminist and a sex positive activist. An MSc in Social Policy and Social Interventions led her to Utrecht where she currently resides. Her research interests lie in sex workers rights, discourse analysis and socio-cultural aspects of HIV.



Secretariat

 

Edward de Rooy

Netherlands