The MTV Staying Alive Foundation produce ground breaking multi-media HIV prevention content, while funding young leaders who are fighting HIV in their own communities.

We’re very pleased to announce the new youth-led HIV prevention initiatives that we’ll be supporting this year, alongside our 28 existing projects. We received hundreds of applications, from every corner of the world, and after a long deliberation process, we selected nine projects that we believe are the most promising. We can’t wait to start working together with them!

Our new partners will receive a financial grant, together with a comprehensive capacity building package, which includes residential and online training to make sure they are able to implement their projects successfully and sustainably.

Want to know what exactly we’ve got in store for
2017? Here’s a brief overview of our
nine new projects:

Kenya – Partners in Action
In Nairobi, Kenya, Partners in Action will rebrand several buses with HIV awareness messaging. Alongside this, they will train school and university bus drivers to become peer educators, air MTV Shuga and will also turn bus stops into rapid HIV testing spots.

Zambia – Circus Zambia
Circus Zambia will be using circus shows to engage young people from rural townships in the capital, Lusaka, in discussions about HIV and safe sex. Their ‘Clowns for Condoms’ project will aim to break the taboo around HIV and reach rural communities that are particularly at-risk.

Some to the team from Circus Zambia perfecting their skills

Sri Lanka – Child Rehabilitation Centre
In Sri Lanka, Child Rehabilitation Centre will be working with hundreds of female and male sex workers in a region that attracts many sex tourists. They will conduct outreaches and establish peer support networks to educate sex workers about the importance of safe sex and regular HIV testing.

Tanzania – Youth for New Beginnings
Youth for New Beginnings will be working in prisons, and will a use a creative approach to create HIV awareness. Using puppet shows, they aim to break the taboo around HIV in prisons.

Russia – REVERS
Russia has seen a rapid decline in LGBTI rights recently and young Russian gay men are particularly at risk of HIV. REVERS is a youth-led LGBTI organisation from Krasnodar, south-west Russia. They will be conducting HIV awareness outreaches to local gay nightclubs and creating a safe space where young LGBTIs can meet, discuss sexual health matters and access free condoms.

Uganda – Ask Without Shame
Ask Without Shame have produced a mobile application through which individuals can anonymously submit sexual health questions and have them answered by a professional counsellor. Our grant will allow them to expand their reach and include physical outreach activities using peer-to-peer education.

India – Yaariyan
Yaariyan is a Mumbai-based online LGBTI community. With our support, they will combine online HIV awareness campaigns with HIV education outreaches to the local LGBTI community, together with condom distributions.

Suriname – The Big Five Foundation
The Big Five will create a ‘buddy’system to reach hundreds of high school students from rural schools and communities in remote parts of Suriname, South America, with safe sex and HIV prevention messaging.

Ukraine – Nikolaev Regional Public Youth Movement
Ukraine has the highest HIV rate in Europe and infections are still on the rise, particularly among injecting drug users. With our support, NRPYM will be organising HIV-themed theatre performances in prisons to educate young inmates about the risks of unsafe sex and drug injection.

Do you want to find about more about these or other MTV Staying Alive projects? Keep checking our website to stay up to date about their activities!

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