Universities, House of Parliament and DFID

The speaker tour is organised every year with international speakers who come to the UK and share their personal stories going across different universities in the UK.

This year they recruited three speakers Daniel from Sierra Leone, Chichi from Zambia (me!) and Tony from the USA.

The speaker tour is organised by the Student stop AIDS Campaign.  The campaign is made up of students at universities and colleges across the country who believes that the world’s response to the HIV pandemic is insufficient and unacceptable.

Read more at: http://www.stopaidscampaign.org.uk/

We visited around 20 universities with stop AIDS societies, http://www.stopaidssocieties.org.uk/ giving talks in the evenings to students inspiring them to continue taking action to stop the spread of HIV and campaign for life saving drugs.  I talked about my father who is living with HIV and is on first line treatment like most people in Zambia, though not everyone is receiving treatment.

There are about 33million people currently living with HIV in the world and most of them don’t have access to the drugs they need.  But behind all these numbers are people like my father and other families around the world.

The speaker tour also focused on a campaign called a patent pool.   The website below has an animation that properly explains what the campaign is all about.   If this is achieved it will help millions of people have the medication they need.   Anyone can make it happen. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vj0dbFgjoh4

Excitingly, during the tour we had an opportunity to speak in the UK parliament, an opportunity that doesn’t happen all the time.   We also spoke at .Department for International Development (DFID) where we shared our stories and engaged with a lot of different people.

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Dance4Life and Students Stop AIDS on Tour!

Hi all,

 

I have just come back from tour, which was amazing!

 

Dance4life (D4L) and the Student Stop AIDS Campaign combined this time with facilitators and international speakers, touring different schools and universities across the UK. Find out more about the stop AIDS on this website.http://www.stopaidscampaign.org.uk/

 

“I loved that all different people from different walks of life came together and made a fantastic team” (Beth SPW D4L Officer).

 

D4L tour team included facilitators from London and international speakers from USA, Sierra Leone and Zambia.  Using music and dance, Dance4Life delivered workshops on HIV; visiting over 25 schools and engaging with different young people across the UK.

 

The international speakers also played an important role by giving a positive voice to young people in the schools through sharing their personal stories on how HIV has affected their lives and their families’.  Mikel, one of the facilitators, said “Their stories were an eye opener to our surroundings”.

 

The workshops also gave young people an opportunity to take action in their schools and to help combat HIV and the stigma that is still going on round issues to do with HIV.  Dance4Life is a good way of engaging with young people and bringing issues to them.

 

Ash, another facilitator and Dance4Life agent of change who was inspired two years by watching D4L, said: “I was so inspired and wanted to give back to the world what D4L had given me”. He is giving it back today by becoming involved.   Anyone can get involved and find out more on the website www.dance4life.co.uk

 

Cheers!