Empowering young people to take control of their sexual and reproductive health and rights

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Link Up partners

Link Up was funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the government of the Netherlands. It was led by the Alliance and implemented by the following partners:

Consortium partners

The ATHENA Network is a global network that works to advance gender equity and human rights in the global HIV response. Alongside GYCA and STOP AIDS NOW! (see below), during Link Up it supported young people to engage and participate in global policy dialogues around SRHR and HIV integration and worked to ensure global policy was informed by young people’s experiences.

The Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GYCA) is a youth-led global network of young leaders and adult allies working together at the intersection of the youth and HIV movements.

Marie Stopes International is one of the world's largest international family planning organisations that brings quality reproductive healthcare to the world’s poorest and most vulnerable. During Link Up, the organisation focused on providing youth-friendly, integrated sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and HIV services in public and private clinics, connecting SRHR and HIV services between health facilities and providing appropriate, integrated services in community settings.

The Population Council conducts research to address critical health and development issues. As Link Up's principal research partner, the organisation conducted research on HIV and the SRHR of young people most affected by HIV throughout the lifespan of the project.

STOP AIDS NOW! is an independent and partnership-driven organisation that works to expand and enhance the quality of the Dutch contribution to the AIDS response in developing countries.

National partners


Implemented by the Alliance’s project management unit, Marie Stopes Bangladesh and 15 community-based implementing partners.


Implemented by Alliance Linking Organisation Alliance Burundaise contre le SIDA et pour la Promotion de la Santé (ABS) with 15 community-based organisations as implementing partners. Additional key implementing partners are the Reseau National des Jeunes vivant avec le VIH (RNJ+), a network of young people living with HIV in Burundi, and HUMURE, a network of men who have sex with men.


Implemented by the Organisation for Social Services for AIDS and the Nikat Charitable Association, who focused on community mobilisation. Clinical services were delivered by the Family Guidance Association of Ethiopia, Marie Stopes International-Ethiopia, the Ministry of Health Ethiopia, and DKT International. The Talent Youth Association, Nikat Charitable Association, and the National Network of Positive Women in Ethiopia implemented policy and advocacy work.


Implemented by Alliance Myanmar and its community-based implementing partners, Marie Stopes International Myanmar (MSIM) and Myanmar Youth Stars, a network of young people from key populations. Additionally, MSIM collaborated with Y-PEER, the United Nations Population Fund’s youth-to-youth education network, to promote young people's meaningful engagement in SRHR and HIV issues.


Implemented by the Community Health Alliance Uganda (CHAU), Marie Stopes Uganda, Uganda Youth Coalition on Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS, International Community of Women Living with HIV Eastern Africa, and the Ugandan Network of Young People Living with HIV.

CHAU coordinates community and facility-based activities with implementing partners Integrated Community-Based Initiatives; Mildmay Uganda; Family Life Education Programme Uganda; Uganda Youth Development Link; Naguru Teenage Information Centre; and Most-At-Risk Populations Initiative. The Population Council's evaluation and research activities were carried out in collaboration with local research partner, Child Health and Development Centre.


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