The Let Youth Lead advocacy programme provides young people with a platform to voice the challenges of youth living with HIV and those affected by the epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa. The programme aims to engage policymakers to drive positive change in HIV interventions that better support this generation.

It is our vision is that all youth know and managed their HIV status by 2020.

Living with HIV Access to education Care for children Letsema: working together
MASERU, LESOTHO - APRIL 05:  Tsepang Moboll, a youth advocate in training and one of eleven chosen youth activists from around the country talks to other youth members at Sentebales flagship facility the Mamohato Childrens Centre on April 6, 2017 in Maseru, Lesotho.  Sentebales Let Youth Lead HIV Youth summit program started today with these youth who are willing to represent children and young people from across the country and encouraging them to test for HIV and receive the relevant follow up care and treatment. Youth Advocates are taught critical skills on how to engage leaders and decision makers, attending workshops addressing the pshycological impact of this role and presentation tips for speaking at district, national, regional and global forums speaking on behalf of youth. Sentenbale is a charity co founded by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho in 2006 to address the HIV/ AIDS epidemic by providing care and support for the thousands of Children and young people affected.  (Photo by Michelly Rall/Getty Images for Sentebale)


I have found so far in life that most services are not youth friendly.  In fact, as a 19 year old, I personally rarely experience friendly services.  

This contributes to young people opting to not seek services they need, like important health services.

Having heard about the work that Sentebale is doing in supporting children and youth in the country, and how different programs within Sentebale are run and supported by youth, I was always interested in being involved with them, so I was really excited to hear that they were launching a new youth-led program and knew that I wanted to be part of it.”

 I attended the Youth Summit at the ’Mamohato Children’s Centre, in April 2017, and received training on becoming a young advocate.

 We discussed how important youth friendly services are – just simple things like making sure the clinics are open outside of school hours, or that healthcare workers use language we understand, and don’t judge us.

Advocating for youth friendly services aims to ensure that young people are active participants in making decisions that affect them and are benefitting from programmes that are designed for them.

That is why I have become a youth advocate.


International AIDS Conference, Durban, July 2016


Founding patrons Princes Harry and Prince Seeiso and Sir Elton John join a panel of young advocates to call for young people’s voices to be heard

Youth HIV Summits, Botswana and Lesotho, March – April 2017

Sentebale launched the Let Youth Lead Programme at Youth Summits in Lesotho and Botswana where young advocates present their challenges and needs to national decision makers

Let Youth Lead Roundtable at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, 10 July 2017

Let Youth Lead advocates voice the challenges facing young people affected by HIV to global policymakers and Co-Founding Patron, Prince Harry, to strengthen HIV prevention, testing and treatment in sub-Saharan Africa

Let Youth Lead Advocate Stars in PEPFAR Documentary, 22 May 2018

Sentebale Let Youth Lead Advocate Masedi Kewamodimo has featured in a new documentary called ‘Have it All’, produced by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in coordination with the Ministry of Health and Wellness in Botswana.

Let Youth Lead Advocates at the 22nd International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam, 28 July 2018

Speaking to young people, partner organisations and key influential leaders in the HIV response, four Sentebale Youth Advocates addressed ways in which youth can empower themselves and their peer group to participate in, innovate and shape youth-friendly services and programmes.

Sentebale presents Radio Positive in Botswana, 1 December 2018

On World AIDS day, Sentebale’s Let Youth Lead advocates took over one of Botswana’s major radio stations, Duma FM presenting “Radio Positive”, which provided a platform to generate an open conversation about the issues facing youth surrounding HIV/AIDS

Living with HIV Access to education Care for children Letsema: working together


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