Prince Harry has branded it ‘totally absurd’ that in today’s world, by the first time many young people hear about HIV, it is often too late.
The prince is at an HIV-focussed roundtable discussion today, led by the charity Sentebale, of which HRH is patron.
The inspiring Let Youth Lead advocacy programme provides young people with a platform to voice the challenges of youth living with HIV and those affected by the epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa.
According to Sentebale, there are 2.1 million adolescents living with HIV, but, shockingly, stigma still remains the biggest barrier to youth accessing care.
Right now, HIV is the number one cause of death in adolescents in Africa.
It is the organisation’s vision that all youth know and manage their HIV status by 2020.
They aim to achieve this by engaging policymakers to push for positive change in HIV interventions that better support and educate this generation.
How you can help
There are loads of ways you can support Sentebale and its work, to help put an end to Africa’s HIV epidemic.
1. Spread the word
Tweet about the organisation and their incredible work. Find their website here, and tell your social media followers about it too with the hashtag #LetYouthLead.
2. Challenge yourself
If you’re sporty –or you’d like to be!–there are so many challenges, running and cycling events you can take part in on behalf of Sentebale.
You can take on the Montana Challenge, swimming, running, cycling and kayaking in the Glacier National Park. You can cycle, kayak and scramble the Oukaimeden Mountain for the Moroccan Challenge.
You can cycle from London to Surrey for the Prudential 100-mile route; run marathons and half marathons in London, Manchester, Edinburgh; take part in the biggest open water swimming event in the UK for the Great North Swim… You get the idea.
There are even more options available on the website, so check it out here.
3. Getting married?
If you’ve got your big day coming up but you really want to do something extraordinary and memorable, why not consider donating your wedding gifts by setting up a list with a difference.
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