UNAIDS #CrowdOutAIDS Is Here But J’ais Peu Problemme



Oui, c’est exact! The much anticipated version of having young people plan their show is finally taking a positive gradient. I cant really believe that am living in this era but ever since youths participation and involvement in matters that directly affect turned out to be some nut-am living on planet earth 🙂 This year, a number of youths-engineered moves have been made seeing off a number of political heavy weights 😉 needless to mention, call a friend in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya! You can hypothesise too that some extra moves are in the pipeline! #Hands Crossed!

This time, we are talking about the UNAIDS highly interactive #CrowdsOutAIDS campaign to help young people design the new HIV/AIDS strategy! CrowdOutAIDS is a collaborative online project by and for young people. In four steps, a new UNAIDS strategy on youth and HIV will be developed and as I can see, the steps are:
1. Connect
2.Share
3.Find solutions
4.Collective action

I very much appreciate the idea that young people will be at the centre of this first UN system of youth consultation using social media 🙂 But I have some little problem with social media if this is the only approach that UNAIDS is using to make this project! 😦
1) There are very few young people aged 18-29 that are very much active on such social networking sites as facebook, twitter and blogging. Most of such young people live in developing countries where the problem of the internet still surfaces even in well established offices. Whereas, I strongly believe in health promotion especially as far as HIV/AIDS is concerned, Iam abit skeptical over the representativeness of young people from developing countries 😦
2) As I found out while studying my MPH thesis about the ‘Impact of school based peer education on knowledge, attitudes and behaviours’ concerning HIV/AIDS, I would think that UNAIDS would have consulted and developed a platform with the education sector in the participating countries. These countries would then may be form a national surveillance platform very much like what the United Nations Decade of Action 2011-2020 did under the road safety data collection programme. I have all the trust that UNAIDS is doing good work but the way this information gathering technique will be limited to young people like me who use the internet quite often. 😦
3) I also have some fear over how young people without access to the internet will be kept in the loop over what and how things are happening behind the scenes. 😦

On a positive note however, UNAIDS is smart and I personally applause it over the use of young people as modulators and community members for all the regions in the world! Yeeeppppyyy!! 😀

Avec cette observations, je suis regarder le outcomes possible’ plus enqore, jeunes participation et representation 🙂

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    1. Hi Brian…. great article… i think you’ve broken down the steps very well, and by doing so have pretty much outlined all the milestones that have to be tackled collaboratively… In terms of your issues related to use of social meda in developing countries… Im in soweto and Johannesburg in south africa and the use of social media platforms is much higher than it is in the uk and spain for example, 2 places i have also lived and travel to recently… You also mention that you are worried about an unbalanced participation between develop and developing countries; I think you will find that the scale of the aids problem in each region will have an influence in the amount of people who would like to get involved from any given area e.g. in a notable amount of developing countries the aids issue is likely to be higher up the agenda. In any case at the moment the difference in numbers between regional platforms is negligible. My guess is it is more likely that in the medium term the numbers will be much higher in developing countries, specifically as the objectives of the plan include grass roots development and sustainability. I think this model translates along the lines of dependent on the scale of the problems will depend on the scale of the solutions, which is bound to have an impact on regional participation..

      On another note, developing an education format is a fantastic idea, and so are your concerns related to online outreach… I think generally its a good idea to find ways to create technology nodes in all schools… e.g. every school must have at least one computer connected to the internet, where they can download the latest education news, courses and techniques, plug themselves into campaigns like this one, as well as feed back into logistics support networks which will allow them to place their needs e.g. for school books etc, on a regional platform, which will help issue based organizations to asses needs remotely… however in the absence of the latter, which may take several years to develop, I suppose that the different spaces will just have to broken down into district hubs which are then plugged in to the wider participation by an individual or local org, which can distribute information as well as share interaction and feedback back into the network.. 🙂

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