Y plus Summit
Uganda Network of Young People Living with HIV/AIDS (UNYPA) is a national network for young
people living with HIV in Uganda that started in 2003 to provide leadership and coordinate the greater and meaningful involvement and participation of YPLHIV in Uganda in the national, regional and global HIV and AIDS response. UNYPA is driven by the needs of young people living with HIV and implements an evidence informed national programme and advocacy for YPLHIV to lead healthy and productive lives. The network creates the opportunity for peer-peer exchange, shared learning and dissemination of promising practices. Utilizing a network model, UNYPA develops skills, builds constituency, facilitates synchronized action, enables information sharing and creates a platform for collaboration among young people living with HIV in Uganda.
The Y+ summit is an annual 3 days meeting for YPLHIV that brings together peer leaders who are ambassadors of change and other stake holders who are HIV/SRHR champions to address the emerging issues/challenges faced by the YPLHIV at national level and some of the key outcomes from the previous summit have been the commitment of inclusion of the AYPLHIV as beneficiaries of the Youth livelihood fund and engagement of YPLHIV programs. For last two years, (2017 and 2018) the Y+ summit has been run under 2 different themes “everybody counts” and “Confronting HIV with Bold steps” respectively.