Conference Theme



The conference calls on governments and stakeholders to effectively plan for the realization of young people’s sexual reproductive health and ensure that there is a coordinated response in addressing students and young people’s sexual reproductive challenges


The conference calls for the prioritization of key populations amongst the youth constituency. These are students in institutions of higher learning with a special focus on the female student, LGBTI young people, young people with disabilities and young people living with HIV


The conference gives a special focus on the girl child and calls on all stakeholders to join the efforts towards preventing early and unintended pregnancies which usually escalates to unsafe abortions and deaths, whilst ensuring that girls remain in schools until they complete their education. This calls for strengthening Comprehensive Sexuality Education and access to contraception services for young women and men.

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Jimmy Wilford

Jimmy Wilford

Conference Converner

Generally, there has been an absence of a sustainable coordinated response to SRHR issues for young people in Southern Africa. This is even more profound for students in institutions of higher learning. Southern Africa is a region that has one of the highest prevalence rates in terms of HIV and other SRH challenges but lack the much needed cordinated response to these challenges. There have been quite a lot of young people from Southern Africa doing fantastic work, however lacks coordination. The representation and feedback mechanisms amongst young people in Southern Africa is not coordinated and this platform, now in its 5th year, is working towards cooridnating these young people. We believe in making SARSYC a strategic forum for young people to share experiences and notes from the various platforms and engagements take part in, locally, regionally and internationally. Readmore

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