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Young people as actors in sexual health

Love matters – We matter

MMS/aidsfocus.ch conference

We are still biting our teeth out at the realization of sexual rights! Actually it should be self-evident that you can choose your sexual partner freely, that your bodily integrity is respected, that you can enter into consensual sexual relationships and that you can decide for yourself if, when and whom you want to marry - just to mention a few of the sexual rights.

Young people as actors in sexual health


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Sexual health matters in youth! Young people’s health has started to attract the attention it deserves, and is increasingly prominent in global health initiatives. Yet, young people are often neglected when it comes to programming and policy development.

Sexual health encompasses ‘sexual development and reproductive health, as well as the ability to develop and maintain meaningful interpersonal relationships; appreciate one's own body; interact with both genders in respectful and appropriate ways; express affection, love and intimacy in ways consistent with one's own values.

This year’s conference will explore how young people want to improve sexual health and what we “the adults” can learn from them. The conference aims to give young people the space to talk about sex and relationships in their way. What is needed to lift the taboo of sexuality, HIV and safe relationships among young people and how to overcome the consequences of missed opportunities of comprehensive sexuality education?


You can find a detailed conference programme shortly here.


  • Vithika Yadav, Love matters , India and protagonist of #female pleasure (Key Note speaker)

  • Marlon Jost - Youth against AIDS e. V., Germany

  • Leeroy Lewis Sibanda Million Memory Project Zimbabwe (MMPZ), terres des hommes schweiz

  • Juan Francisco Ramirez Flores, Swiss Red Cross Paraguay

  • Florian Vock, Aids Help Switzerland

  • Samira Marti, member of the Swiss National Parliament

  • Noëmi Grütter, Sexual Health Switzerland and Youth advocate

The conference is jointly organised by terre des hommes schweiz and Medicus Mundi Switzerland. It is part of a long-term cooperation agreement with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC.


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Monday, 6 May 2019 in Basel at 6 pm
Venue: Alte Universität, Rheinsprung 9, 4051 Basel
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Tuesday, 7 May 2019 in Bern at 6 pm
Venue: cineMovie1, Seilerstrasse 4, 3000 Bern
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After the movies: panel discussions with Vithika Yadav from India, one of the leading actresses of the film and
Franziska Lauper, executive director tdh Switzerland, for the film event in Basel and Andrea Zellhuber, responsible for prevention of violence programs at terre des hommes schweiz, for the event in Bern. (The interview is in English)

Target audience: national and international Public Health professionals, project leaders, researchers and all those who are interested.

Date: 8 May 2019, 8.45 - 16.15

Venue: Hotel Kreuz, Zeughausgasse 41, Bern, www.hotelkreuz.ch

Conference fee: Members of MMS: 70CHF; Students: 45CHF Others: 150CHF

Please register below until 3 May 2019
If you don't have to pay please register till 3 May 2019 to Martina Staenke

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