MAD history

Since the start of the programme in 2005 Youth Ambassadors have developed opportunities to influence social change. Highlights include: 

  • Rainbow of Hope (2005) – devised and developed by Youth Leaders and presented in Trafalgar Square, London on World AIDS Day as an international call to action against stigma, discrimination and denial surrounding people living with HIV. Subsequently the Rainbow of Hope was presented by Youth Ambassadors at the World AIDS Conference in Toronto (2006) and the National Gallery in Cape Town (2006). It now has a permanent home at Knysna Provincial Hospital
  • Youth leader delegation received by the South African High Commissioner in London (2005)
  • Participation in UNICEF/UNAIDS Forum on Children affected by HIV and AIDS in London (2006) delivering keynote speeches alongside Dr Peter Piot, then Director of UNAIDS and Hilary Benn, then Secretary of State for International Development and speaking at a press conference for international media
  • Youth Ambassadors presented peer-reviewed abstracts at international conferences in Toronto, Marseille, Cape Town, Mexico City, Vienna and Botswana

MADaboutART has won 3 international awards - two at the International AIDS Impact Conference in Cape Town and a third at the HIV Hero Awards in London. The MADkids in South Africa received a special award from the International Red Cross for development of a logo for the Red Cross orphans and vulnerable children programme.

MAD news

Newsletter 1 - click here to read

Newsletter 2 - click here to read

Newsletter 3 - click here to read

Newsletter 4 - click here to read