Youth Initiative Project (YIP) of People Health Development Association (PHD) strives to improve and promote youth participation in HIV/AIDS prevention in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The organization enables young people ages 15-27 to participate in the development and implementation of HIV/AIDS prevention efforts. Most Cambodian youth do not have access to comprehensive health, HIV, and sex education. Thus, PHD develops interactive peer groups at local universities to improve knowledge about HIV/AIDS, safe sex, and reproductive health.
YIP/PHD will develop its current project focused on the HIV/AIDS awareness of Cambodian youth. In their Life Skills Training Program they will train students at Build Bright University and Cambodia University in Phnom Penh, Cambodia to become “peer educators.” These youth form an advocacy group at each university. As peer educators they will inform youth about HIV/AIDS and positive prevention, safe sex and condom use. They will also organize awareness campaigns and outreach activities, such as movie screenings and concerts, to engage youth and distribute educational materials. The primary goal is to create a youth friendly environment where Cambodians can easily access information about HIV/AIDS.
PHD’s project will reduce HIV vulnerability and promote youth participation in HIV/AIDS prevention in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. It will educate the youth community about HIV/AIDS, safe sex, and sexual and reproductive health. PHD informs youth about their prevention options, such as condom use. In the long run, the goal is to improve access to comprehensive health education for new youth generations.
YIP/PHD also focuses on gender equity by integrating both male and female youth into its programs, ensuring young women have the opportunity to actively participate. In the long run it hopes that these youth will serve as a model for social change regarding sex and HIV/AIDS education in Cambodia.
YIP is the current project to be developed by PHD, which focuses on the HIV/AIDS awareness of Cambodian youth and university students. They have set up a referral network, a youth hotline and will organise awareness campaigns and outreach activities on World AIDS Day, International Youth Day and International Women's Day, to engage youth and distribute educational materials.
To read the content of the Youth Initiative Project YIP, funded by the MTV Staying Alive Foundation (UK), please click on the following link: Project YIP
Also, if you want to find out more about PHD's Projects, check out our Facebook page and also the project connected to the MTV Staying Alive Foundation.
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