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Young People as Actors in Sexual Health

Love matters – We matter

MMS/aidsfocus.ch conference

We still have a long way to go in the securing of sexual rights! It should really be a given that everyone can choose their sexual partners freely and have self-determination when it comes to deciding what to do with their bodies; that people can enter into consensual sexual relationships and decide for themselves if, when and whom they want to marry – to mention just a few sexual rights.

Young People as Actors in Sexual Health


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Sexual health matters in youth! Young people’s sexual health has started to attract the attention it deserves, and is increasingly prominent in global health initiatives. And 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; to appreciate one’s own body; to interact with both genders in respectful and appropriate ways; and to express affection, love and intimacy in ways consistent with one’s own values.

This year’s conference will explore the ways in which 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 own way. What measures are required to lift the taboos surrounding sexuality, HIV and safe relationships among young people? How do we overcome the consequences of the missed opportunity of a comprehensive sexual education?


You can find a detailed conference programme 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, Fondacion Vencer, Paraguay, supported by Swiss Red Cross 

  • Florian Vock, Swiss Aids Federation

  • 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.


DON'T MISS our Film Events in Basel and Bern


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