To stem the rise of HIV among young people, the 4 Youth by Youth (4YBY) team led by Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR), Saint Louis University (SLU), New York University (NYU), University of North Carolina, Chapel-Hill (UNC) and ID Africa with funding from the Eunice Shriver National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development, is organizing the first-ever HIV self-testing Designathon contest in Nigeria. 4 Youth by Youth advocates for the rights of young people to have a say with their own health and it is through this partnership and opportunities for dialogue that we can tackle issues such as low HIV testing which affects young people’s lives.
The Designathon is a 48-hour event in which young people from all over Nigeria will come together to collaborate, brainstorm, design, and communicate solutions to a social and health issue. This Designathon is dedicated to developing new services or products that can promote self-testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The event will offer participants the opportunity to learn, design and collaborate with industry leaders, experts, healthcare professionals, young people, regardless of technical experience. To be a part of this movement, here are steps you can take to participate: