YouthPower Learning Webinar
First, Do No Harm: Considerations for mitigating social harm risk in rolling out HIV index testing among AGYW
Monday, February 25, 2019
8:00-9:30 A.M. (EST)
Partner notification as part of index testing has been widely accepted and adopted as a public health measure to speed progress in preventing the spread of HIV. However, the implementation of HIV partner notification needs careful consideration to minimize potential social harms and adverse events for adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) who may be at risk for violence or stigma related to their sexuality or HIV status. Join us on Monday, February 25, 2019 for a webinar to learn more about the relationship between HIV partner notification, index testing, and intimate partner violence (IPV) and its effects on AGYW living with HIV. The speakers will present practical programmatic considerations to address the needs of AGYW, new tools for providers interested in expanding index testing services, and discuss effective strategies to increase uptake of HIV testing and linkage to treatment.
• Vincent Wong - USAID/OHA Senior HIV Testing Advisor
Vincent Wong is the Senior Technical Advisor for HIV Testing and Counseling in the Division of Prevention, Care, and Treatment. Prior to coming to USAID, he worked for four years as a consultant to the World Health Organization HIV Department. He previously worked in the private sector on research and development of HIV rapid test kits. He holds a Masters of Science in International Health with a focus on HIV prevention.
• Amelia Peltz - Senior Gender Advisor, USAID
Amelia Peltz is the Senior Gender Advisor for the Gender and Sexual Diversity Branch in the Office of HIV/AIDS at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). She has over 18 years of experience designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating development and humanitarian assistance programs that promote gender equality and empower women and girls in the fields of HIV/AIDS, gender-based violence, livelihoods, nutrition, and education throughout the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, and South and Southeast Asia. Ms. Peltz has worked for international donors, non-governmental organizations, and the United Nations, has served as a co-chair and technical advisor for both USG and international gender working groups, and has extensive experience providing technical assistance and training on gender issues and the prevention and response to gender-based violence in diverse socio-cultural contexts. Ms. Peltz holds a Master of Arts in International Development from the American University in Washington D.C. and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario in Canada.
• Anne Stangl - Senior Behavioral Scientist, YouthPower Learning, ICRW
Anne Stangl is a Senior Behavioral Scientist at the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW). She has 17 years of international public health experience in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean with a focus on stigma, qualitative and quantitative research methods, research design, statistical analysis, systematic reviews and monitoring and evaluation. She is also actively engaged in utilizing research findings to inform global policy and action. From 2012 to 2016, Dr. Stangl served as the Secretariat Director of the Stigma Action Network, a global network of researchers, implementers, advocates, HIV affected populations and development partners dedicated to knowledge sharing and enhanced coordination around stigma reduction. Her research centers on human rights and stigma, particularly as they relate to HIV prevention, care and treatment, key populations, healthy transitions to adulthood for adolescents, health-related quality of life, and equitable access to health care. She also has extensive experience strengthening the capacity of partner organizations to design, monitor and evaluate stigma reduction programs, developing and testing quantitative measures of stigma and discrimination and working with national governments to integrate stigma reduction into national health plans. Dr. Stangl holds a Ph.D. in Public Health from Tulane University.
• Chelsea Ricker - Gender and PYD CoP co-champion for YouthPower Learning and Independent Consultant for Making Cents International
Chelsea Ricker is a lifelong sexual and reproductive rights activist who focuses on access to and quality of sexual and reproductive health services and comprehensive sexuality education, rights related to sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, sexual and gender based violence prevention and response, and meaningful participation of young people, key populations, and civil society in programs and policy. As a consultant, she specializes in organizational strategy, capacity building and training, educational tools, and program guidance. She has worked with local women’s and young people's sexual health and rights groups across the world as well as international agencies and organizations, and lived in the US, Europe, sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean. Chelsea holds an MA (with distinction) in Education, Health Promotion and International Development from the Institute of Education in London, a BA in Religion and Human Rights from Columbia University in New York and studied Sexuality, Culture and Society at the University of Amsterdam.
• Jacquelyne Alesi - HIV/SRHR Youth Advisor
Jacquelyne Alesi is a self-driven, committed young woman openly living with HIV and passionate about working with young people living with HIV. She has contributed actively to the HIV response nationally, regionally, and within local communities, and holds a Bachelor in Social Sciences, a Diploma in Guidance and Counseling, and a Diploma in Psychology. She has extensive work with young people living with HIV in various capacities, including being the Executive Director of Uganda Network of Young People Living with HIV & AIDS, enabling her to be the only young person to chair the Policy, Advocacy and Programmes (PAP) Committee for the National Forum of People of Living with HIV/AIDS Networks in Uganda (NAFOPHANU). She is now a board member of Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) and the ATHENA Network. Her determination to contribute to the creation of an enabling environment for all young people living with HIV has seen her also represent and become the lead focal person for the ATHENA Network in Uganda as well as a Policy & Advocacy member of the Link Up Project (Integration of SHRH and HIV Services) among others.
Over the last four years, she has demonstrated ever greater leadership in the arena of HIV- SRHR integration, and has been very much in demand as a youth advocate living with HIV able to speak across a range of experiences and issues, including human rights, gender based violence, and LGBT rights, and meaningful youth engagement, among others, and working at all levels from conducting grassroots dialogues, to sitting on high level panels. She has been involved at the conceptualizing, planning and implementing stages of a number of policy and advocacy processes, and has implemented a mentorship programme within UNYPA to ensure the leadership and advocacy development of her younger colleagues. To cap all of this, Jacquelyne has conceptualized, pioneered, and organized the first Y+ Beauty Pageant in Uganda for young people living with HIV. The Beauty Pageant aims to reduce HIV-related stigma at all levels, and has been a huge success after its first two years.
• Nadège Uwase Munyaburanga - Youth Rights Advocate
Nadège Uwase Munyaburanga is an advocate for youth rights, especially youth living with HIV. Most of her advocacy work is to make sure that there is an inclusion of adolescents, young women, and girls/boys in the HIV response in Rwanda, regionally, and globally. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Science with Honors in Biology with an aim of engaging more in the health sector and making an impact in society. She has had the privilege to work on issues affecting children, youth, young women, and girls through a variety of organizations. Her recent experience includes acting as Program Manager at the Kigali Hope Association, General Secretary to the African Youth and Adolescents Network (AfriYAN-Rwanda Chapter), serving on the Youth Advisory Board for the African Union Commission (AUC), youth representative on the Communities Delegation to the Board of the Global Fund to fight AIDS TB and Malaria (GFATM), and serving on the WHO AFRO country expert team for the implementation of the Adolescent Flagship Program.