In an effort to build networks for youth HIV/AIDS prevention, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has collaborated with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), UNICEF, and YouthNet to create an email network of adolescent health specialists. PAHO's Child and Adolescent Health and HIV/AIDS/Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) units are leading the effort, which focuses on youth AIDS prevention in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Communication Strategies: 

This initiative uses information and communication technologies (ICTs) to enable adolescent health practitioners to share strategies, exchange information, and keep up-to-date in the field of HIV/AIDS prevention for youth. Members receive the Youth HIV Action newsletter and Breaking the Silence advocacy sheet, among other publications and notices regarding the topic.


Specifically, the Youth HIV Action newsletter is a quarterly publication featuring news, events, and other information regarding the prevention of HIV/AIDS in Latin American and Caribbean youth. For example, the 2-page April 2004 edition focuses on such issues as the 1st Caribbean Summit for Youth on HIV, the youth health and media survey Medios y salud (Media and Health), and reproductive health concerns among young Argentine women. These issues are archived on the PAHO website, and may be downloaded in PDF format in Spanish and English (click here to download the April 2004 issue as a PDF document). Breaking the Silence is a quarterly advocacy sheet that offers tools for preventing HIV/AIDS among adolescents and youth in Latin America and the Caribbean. It is a joint publication of the Child and Adolescent Health and HIV/AIDS/STI Units. Issues are available for download on the PAHO website; the April 2004 issue [PDF] focuses on the WHO/UNAIDS 3X5 Initiative.

Development Issues: 

HIV/AIDS, Youth.

Key Points: 

As of this writing, PAHO, SIDA, and NORAD have a combined general email and conventional mail network of more than 5600 adolescent health specialists, including many in the English-speaking Caribbean, who regularly receive information on events, workshops, training opportunities, and publications relating to adolescent and youth health and development. The dedicated network of specialists in HIV/AIDS and youth - the Youth AIDS network - numbers more than 800 as of this writing; it began with 48 people signed up during the 2002 Barcelona AIDS Conference. If you would like to be a part of this network, please send your e-mail address to Sylvia Singleton (see below).

Partner Text: 

PAHO, SIDA, NORAD, UNICEF, YouthNet.

Source: 

Letter sent from Sylvia Singleton to The Communication Initiative on March 15 2004.