READY+ Team PATA

Resilient & Empowered Adolescents & Young People (READY+)

READY+ is a 5 year project funded by the Netherlands Ministry of foreign affairs and implemented in consortium led by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance (the Alliance) with, PATA, Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative (REPSSI), M&C Saatchi World Services (Saatchi), the Global Network of Young People Living with HIV (Y+) and additional technical resource partners and in-country implementing partners.
READY+ seeks to ensure that Adolescents and young people living with HIV are resilient, empowered and knowledgeable and have the freedom to make healthier choices and access services and commodities related to their sexual and reproductive health and rights.

READY+ will reach 30,000 young people with HIV and SRHR education, and an additional 10,000 will be supported by peers. 8,000 young people will access quality, integrated HIV/SRHR and mental health services, leading to improved initiation and retention on ARV treatment. 400 young people will participate in local, national and global SRH/HIV advocacy activities to address structural barriers to adolescents accessing SRH services.

The aim of READY+ is for young people to become ready to make informed decisions about their health and rights; with parents and caregivers ready to support young people to talk about sexuality; and service providers ready to provide youth-friendly services; and decision-makers ready to champion access to information, services and commodities for adolescents and young people living with HIV.

READY will be implemented in 4 southern African countries Swaziland, Tanzania, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

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An estimated 430,000 Adolescents and Young people (15 to 24years) in East and Southern Africa are acquiring HIV every year often as a result of denied rights to critical services due to age restrictions, the need for parental consent, lack of accurate information, use of alcohol and drugs, sexual debut, multiple partners, unsafe sexual practices, and poor access to relevant and responsive services.

Negative cultural attitudes to young people’s sexuality, gender norms and practices, violence, poverty, and the lack of participation of young people in decisions that affect their lives, all impact on their long-term health. Further still, as Adolescents and young people living with HIV (A&YPLHIV) explore their sexual identity and form relationships, they are faced with disclosure to partners; understanding options for effective contraception while on ART; safe sex, safer conception, absence of psychosocial support and mental wellbeing leading to loss to follow up, poor treatment adherence, poor SRH; and risks of MTCT, a key driver of the epidemic. Specific attention on this group of young people continues to be a worrying gap in the global HIV response; there have been limited responses in the region around improving SRHR for A&YPLHIV, and little attention to the significance of their health outcomes on the epidemic.

Resilient and empowered adolescents and young people living with HIV who are better informed and make healthier choices

• Provide Information, education and communication tools and materials that provide A&YPLHIV with tailored and relevant guidance

• Create safe spaces for A&YPLHIV to meet, learn and build trust in the information they receive, as well as develop skills in managing emotions and navigating risks and vulnerability

• Peer Support to provide information, advice, and guidance

Safe and secure communities that promote the rights, health and wellbeing of adolescents and young people living with HIV and support their access to SRHR information, services and commodities

• Community dialogues to better understand needs of HIV-positive adolescents

• Community fora to work with teachers, services providers, faith leaders and key stakeholders to address gaps and build improved support

• Parent /Caregiver dialogues and communication support

Increased access to, and use of, high quality HIV and SRHR services by young people living with HIV that are responsive to their specific needs

• Training and sensitization of public and private service providers

• Operational quality improvement plans developed and implemented on the integration of HIV and SRH services

• Adolescents and young people living with HIV design, monitor and accredit services

Greater accountability of decision makers and policy makers to the SRHR needs of A&YPLHIV

• Communicating evidence of the needs, desires, risks and barriers of A&YPLHIV

• Generating evidence for advocacy

• Youth mentorship

• Advocacy strategies and accountability

READY+ Consortium Partners

COVID-19 Messages of Support:

Heleen Soeters

Not all heroes wear capes. Thank you to all the health providers working on the frontline of this pandemic. You are an inspiration to us all. Your courage and selflessness is an inspiration to us all.

Heleen Soeters

Linda Ndlovu

To our dear frontline health providers: We appreciate your continued dedication and strength. Thank you for putting your best foot forward despite the challenges you may be faced with during this difficult time-not only in your own countries, but the world at large. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Be safe.

Linda Ndlovu

Gillian Makota

Thinking of you our dear Frontline health providers during this COVID -19 crisis. You have our support and heartfelt appreciation. Sending love and virtual hugs to you all.

Gillian Makota

Tammy Sutherns Burdock

Frontline health providers, we salute you during this challenging time. Thank you for being on the frontlines as the first line of defence against COVID-19, putting your own healthcare at risk. We are wishing you all good health and strength during this time.

Tammy Sutherns Burdock

A massive thank you to

A massive thank you to the healthcare professionals around the world placing themselves at massive risk for the lives of others, I don’t think health care workers will ever be looked at the same way again after this crisis! Thank you!

Andrew Burdock

Thank you so very much

Thank you so very much for all that you do. I am standing beside you all of the way.

Corinna Csaky

Dear Frontline health care providers

Dear Frontline health care providers thank you for having the interest of us, making us your priority, risking your lives just to save us during this very challenging times (COVID-19).
We appreciate and love you 💚🙏🏿

Futhie🤗

Precious

Dear healthcare providers,Thank you for

Dear healthcare providers,
Thank you for being so selfless and courageous in serving humanity. You are the heroes of this generation.

Margail Brown

We celebrate you all,our thoughts

We celebrate you all,our thoughts and prayers are with you as you lead the charge from the front. Asante!

Ringisai

Your love towards mankind is

Your love towards mankind is priceless. I personally thank you so much our dear Health Workers from the deepest deep of my heart. Your sacrifice has surpassed the expected love that one has for another. We love you so much! Stay safe!

Blessings Banda

To frontline health providers:Life is

To frontline health providers:Life is what happens when you’re busy making plans to serve lives we recognise your hard work during this COVID19 pandemic.

It is not how much you do – it is how much love you put into doing it.

Phakamani Moyo

To all those wonderful frontline

To all those wonderful frontline healthworkers who are risking their own health to help others, you are the unsung heroes and we are truly grateful for you dedication

Linda Whitby

I thank you for the

I thank you for the bravery of helping the world in the fight against COVID-19. For that I say thank you all those that are on the frontline – we will continue praying for everyone of you God be with you all.

Cephas Nkandu

Thank you for not staying

Thank you for not staying at home to keep us safe.

We will stay at home and keep safe to show our appreciation.

May you always be blessed .

Ketina Chikwanda

A BIG thank you to

A BIG thank you to all health workers and frontline staff for your support during this pandemic. May God bless you abundantly.

Natsayi Kunene

COVID 2019 came as a

COVID-19 came as a surprise globally but if we put our heads together we can control it. COVID-19 is real let’s stay at home!

Spiwe Gumbo

Thank you for the incredible

Thank you for the incredible work you are all doing to support young people during this difficult time. Stay well.

Lola

You have been our heroes

You have been our heroes and you have been supporting us
You deserve to be honoured
Words cannot express how much we adore you
Thank you health care providers

Grace Ngulube

You have inspired us in

You have inspired us in these trying times. Indeed you are a blessing to humanity.

Kenan Ngambi

No words sisters and brothers

No words sisters and brothers can describe how grateful I personally am for your care, skills and for putting other people ahead of your own health and safety. May God bless you and your families infinitely. You keep us alive and going. You’re our heroes!!

Georgina Caswell

We really need support to

We really need support to our adolescents in this hard times. With the impact of the coronavirus, more services are being suspended including Viral Load and Teen Club sessions, however we need them to live positively during these hard times and we should give them all the support. We need them to get COVID-19 health services as soon as possible. We need them to have continued and fair service delivery of their ART. We need them to not default in their treatment. We need them receive enough SUPPORT.

Charles k Phiri

People who are affected by

People who are affected by COVID-19 have not done anything wrong, and they deserve our support, compassion and kindness. It is normal to feel sad, distressed, worried, confused, scared or angry during a crisis. However, remember time heals everything. We have COVID-19 today but we will not have it forever. Be positive but most importantly, Stay healthy, Stay Safe.

Mark Francis Chalamanda

Thank you! Asante! Merci! Obrigado!

Thank you! Asante! Merci! Obrigado! Shukran! Grazie! Enkosi! Ngiyabonga! to all our amazing health care workers and everyone else that is on the front line! Thank you for your humanity and putting us all before yourselves.

Saima Jiwan