PrEP4Youth Open Contest 2021

How might we design services, or programs that promote PrEP awareness and use among Youth in Nigeria?

Organizer:

4YouthByYouth 

Background:

Youth (ages 14-24) are at increased risk of new HIV infection, and experience high rates of HIV-related deaths. Ending the HIV epidemic among youths by 2030 must be more than just a slogan; it requires us to actively engage, mobilize and support youth as leaders and agents of social change to make this a reality. It is time to put (YOU)th at the front and center in the response to HIV to lead their own solutions.

Over the years, significant gains have been made in our efforts to end the HIV epidemic. Such that, powerful new tools have helped us to reduce HIV transmission and move us along a path to ending the HIV epidemic. Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is one of such potentially lifesaving tool. With an HIV prevention rate of up to 99%, PrEP is a game-changing prevention tool with the potential to dramatically impact rates of new HIV infection and possibly even bring an end to HIV. However, what we do not know is how to effectively promote PrEP use and where and how to deliver PrEP services among youths in Nigeria.

How does PrEP work?

PrEP is for HIV-negative people to use before they are exposed to HIV. When taken as prescribed, PrEP fights off HIV from replicating itself and spreading throughout the body. It is designed to contribute to the existing package of HIV prevention options—including abstinence, condoms (and lubricant), Sexually transmitted Infections (STI) screening and treatment, and reducing number of sexual partners—not replace them.

Purpose:

The purpose of this crowdsourcing open call is to solicit innovative ideas on ways to design services or programs that promote PrEP use and delivery among youths (14-24 years) in Nigeria. The submissions to this open call will be used to design a practical guide for expanding PrEP uptake for youth that can be used by a wide range of stakeholders including HIV researchers, policy makers, and youth HIV advocates.

Prompt:

How might we design services, or programs that promote PrEP awareness and use among Youth in Nigeria?

Formats for submission:

Texts (500 words maximum) and/or images (less than 5 MB) or videos (less than 3 minutes).  Submissions will be accepted only using our submission form that can be submitted online through  email, WhatsApp, or Google Forms.  

Judging:

All submissions will be reviewed by three to five independent judges. Judging criteria will include the following: (1) clear description of the proposed solution; (2) desirability of the proposed solution to youth; (3) innovation of the proposed solution; (4) feasibility of implementing the solution to promote PrEP among youth; (5) potential for the solution to have a positive impact on PrEP across Nigeria.

Prizes:

We will create prizes for participation and also based on merit. All those who have a mean score of 7/10 or greater will receive a commendation. Top-scoring finalists will have a chance to win up to N250,000. In addition, finalists will receive a commendation and will be invited to further revise and resubmit their ideas for a second round of evaluation using the same judging criteria.

Organizing Team:

Chisom Obiezu-Umeh, Titi Gbaja-biamila, David Oladele, Ucheoma Nwaozuru, Kadija Tahlil, Alexis Engelhart, Joe Tucker, Oliver Ezechi, Juliet Iwelunmor 

Potential Timeline:

Launch November, 1 deadline November 26, and judging and notifications beginning November 27.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Anyone who is between the ages of 14-24 years is eligible to apply.

The open call is organized by 4YouthByYouth.

We are looking for creative ideas about solutions to promote PrEP awareness and use among Nigerian Youth.

You can submit your idea through email, WhatsApp, and Google Forms.

Yes, you can submit an entry on behalf of a group of individuals. The submission process is the same and you will note this on the submission form.

An open contest has a group of individuals solve a problem and then share exceptional solutions with the public.

The deadline for submissions is November 26, 2021.

Submissions will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

(1) Clear description of the proposed solution;

(2) Desirability of the proposed solution to youth;

(3) Innovation of the proposed solution;

(4) Feasibility of implementing the solution to promote PrEP among youth;

(5) Potential for the solution to have a positive impact on PrEP across Nigeria.

Stand a chance to be selected and win: 1st Place – N250,000, 2nd Place – N150,000, 3rd Place – N50,000.

Finalists will be notified of their selection through email or telephone number beginning November 27, 2021. Applicants who are not shortlisted will not be contacted.

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