Posted on June 11, 2020
As a way of thinking that places the people you serve and other stakeholders at the center of design and implementation, human-centered design (HCD) has the potential to improve the HIV response for adolescents by tailoring strategies to their specific needs and pain points. Through this webinar, which comes just a few days before AIDS 2020, a syndicate of panelists will explore ways in which HCD has improved HIV prevention, care, and treatment outcomes for adolescents in different countries. We reflected on the use and benefits of HCD methods in the global HIV responses, and discussed ways to close the gaps that still need to be filled.
Meet the Speakers
Youth Advocate and Founder of I AM A BEAUTIFUL STORY Initiative
Doreen Moraa Moracha is a young Kenyan woman who has been living with HIV for 27 years since she was born to an HIV discordant couple (mother is positive and father is negative). Her story is that of adherence as she has been on ARVs for 15 years. She is the founder of I AM A BEAUTIFUL STORY, an initiative aimed at demystifying the stigma against people living with HIV and giving hope of a beautiful life even after an HIV positive diagnosis. Her mantra, I AM GREATER THAN HIV and I AM A BEAUTIFUL STORY is one of hope and encouragement for the young people living with HIV. She has been profiled by the World Health Organisation Africa as a champion of an initiative called ‘Tea on HIV’ and is also a member of the Beijing +25 Youth Task Force under UN-Women and has been recently selected to join the Beyond Living Life Force by the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+), the International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW) and Global Network of Young People Living with HIV .
Dr. Renata Tallarico
SYP Regional Coordinator @UNFPA East and Southern Africa
Renata Tallarico holds a Ph.D. from Italy on International and European law with a focus on human rights and a Master’s degree in International Relations. She has more than 12 years’ experience working in public health. She worked as a programme coordinator in Nigeria for an Italian NGO for three years after which in 2009, she joined UNFPA Eswatini working as focal person for HIV prevention and young people with a focus on condom programming and social behavior change communication. She is currently working for UNFPA East and Southern Africa Regional Office as the youth team leader and regional coordinator of a program focusing on adolescents sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Director of Research & Innovation @Grassroots Soccer
Chelsea Coakley is the director of research and innovation at Grassroot Soccer. She oversees their monitoring, evaluation and learning team, research partnerships and clinical trials, curriculum and training team, as well as Grassroot Soccer's approach to youth-centered design. She previously worked for the Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), where she designed and managed maternal and child health and nutrition investments in East and Southern Africa. She has also worked for the Millennium Challenge Corporation and Global Affairs Canada (previously CIDA) on the design, monitoring and evaluation of health and social sector programmes across East, Southern and West Africa. She has extensive experience in health systems strengthening, social and behavior change communication, large-scale program design, management, evaluation, and taking innovations to scale. She holds a BA from McGill University and MPhil from Stellenbosch University.