Desire Ncube is a young woman aged 31. In 2017, she trained as a Youth Champion under the SAfAIDS Asikhulume, Ngatitaure, Let’s Talk project. As a young person, she is bold and unafraid to speak out on behalf of other young people and is also chairperson of the School Development Committee of her local primary school. This is an indication of her dedication to community development and of how well she is perceived in her community.

Health is an overarching right, as one cannot enjoy any other rights if they are in ill health. Citizens need to know that it is their right to have access to appropriate healthcare services. If these are not provided, they can take responsible authorities to task by demanding that right. In creating awareness and empowering communities to have the right knowledge and information, SAfAIDS and Restless Development engaged the services of a legal practitioner to unpack the importance of access to health services at the National Dialogue on strengthening access to health in Bulawayo on the 2nd of February 2018.

One of the key objectives of SAfAIDS’ Asikhulume, Ngatitaure, Let’s Talk programme is to prepare young people for their engagement role by increasing their understanding and articulation of the basic tenets of the Constitution, particularly those relating to health, education and social services.

SAfAIDS Swaziland participated in a sensitisation campaign at Mahamba border gate in the Shiselweni region on December 22nd 2017, to welcome migrant workers home for the festive season. The activity was organised by the Ministry of Health working in close collaboration with the National TB control Program (NTCP) and country partners working on TB and HIV, especially those working with migrant workers. The goal of the sensitisation campaign was to educate migrant workers on health services available on their return home, to promote linkages to care and improve adherence to treatment.

Elizabeth Ndhlovu-Dumbreni

Dikeledi Mokoena

Centre for Sexuality and Gender researcher, Dikeledi Mokoena, 29, who was last year shortlisted in the Award for Academic as well as Public Servant of the Year categories  at the annual African Youth Awards has been honoured for being one of the most influential young people in the southern Africa region.