Nyong’o urges youth to help curb spread of HIV as RHAY conference curtains close

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Kisumu governor Anyang’ Nyongo’ officially closed the 2022 Reducing HIV in Adolescents and Youth Conference in Kisumu.

The four day conference that kicked off on Tuesday brought together youth from different countries in East and Southern Africa.

Speaking at the closing ceremony, Nyong’o urged the youth to join hands in the fight against the spread of HIV.

This is the first event I have attended for young people which has actually been organized well by young people

Governor Nyong’o

“I call upon all of you young people to be agents of change especially in regard to the HIV pandemic,” he said.

The Governor noted that his government will address some of the public health issues raised during the conference.

Nyong’o commended the organizers and the donors for achieving a major milestones in their first conference.

“This is the first event I have attended for young people which has actually been organized well by young people,” said Nyong’o.

The conference

He acknowledged that the inaugural conference was a good platform for young people to present their views.

Over 2,000 individuals participated in the conference both physically and virtually.

92 oral presentations, 47 research posters, 4 best practices, 10 key note speeches by experts as well as 4 short informal sharing of personal experiences were presented by young people.

Among the conveners were Kenyatta National Hospital, Ministry of Health and Kisumu County Government with the sponsors being University of Washington, Bill and Mellinda Gates Foundation and Viiv Health Care among others.

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