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Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are highly vulnerable to the devastating economic and social impacts of HIV and AIDS due to the limited resources they have available to combat the pandemic. Youth, and young girls in particular, are among the most affected. 50% of new HIV infections are among persons between the ages of 15 and 25. The behaviour of this key age group greatly influences the future course of the epidemic, and for this reason, efforts are largely focused on this important demographic/group.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) plays a leading role in the UN system in HIV and AIDS awareness and prevention through education. Building a strong community of young champions and leaders is critical for an effective response to HIV and AIDS.

Through the funds provided by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Youth Visioning has been providing support to projects tackling HIV/AIDS related issues since 2008.

Projects in were carried out in: the Caribbean; the Indian & Atlantic Oceans; and the Pacific.

List of projects

  • Bonaire - HIV/AIDS Awareness Youth Movie
  • Cape Verde - Young People Against HIV/AIDS
  • Dominica - "Take it to the road" project
  • Dominican Republic - I take care of my life, I take care of your life
  • Fiji - HIV/AIDS and Life Skills Training Workshop
  • Fiji, Rotuma - HIV/AIDS Awareness
  • Grenada - HIV/AIDS Project Management Capacity Building for Youth Groups
  • Grenada - Project Early, Puppet Television Show
  • Grenada - The Blocko Project
  • Guinea Bissau - Learning to prevent
  • Haiti - Public Awareness on HIV and AIDS through theatre
  • Jamaica - Youth MSM Empowerment Project (YMEP)
  • Madagascar - Public awareness campaign on HIV and AIDS through sports
  • Mauritius - HIV /AIDS Awareness Workshop
  • Mauritius/Rodrigues - Capacity Building on HIV/AIDS for Out-of-School Youth
  • Nauru - HIV & AIDS Awareness during the AFL season
  • Niue - Youth in action 2wards prevention
  • Papua New Guinea - Better choices for well-informed and healthy youth
  • Papua New Guinea - Let's fight HIV/AIDS
  • Samoa - Raising awareness on HIV/AIDS and the 16 Days of Activism to end violence against women
  • Samoa - Talking HIV & AIDS to Youth!
  • Seychelles - Reaching out
  • Solomon Islands - Dream Cast Drama awareness program
  • St. Kitts & Nevis - Camp Sanguine
  • Tonga - Clipping HIV/AIDS through film
  • Zanzibar - Empower youth and communities to respond to HIV and AIDs
  • Zanzibar - HIV/AIDS Awareness for Youth at School
  • Zanzibar - Reaching out to the Socially Marginalized Most at Risk: the Young Population