The Global Youth Coalition against AIDS (GYCA) Egypt was established in 2008 and GYCA was registered in 2010 as an NGO. It is a group of young motivated activists (that)work at grassroots level to raise community's awareness around health issues that mostly affect people, specifically the tabooed ones such as SRHR issues including STIs. GYCA Egypt also advocates for a "human rights-based" approach to HIV/AIDS interventions that provide comprehensive and accurate information to young people through integrating SRHR curriculum in education systems as well as providing services including condoms and needle exchange. The Egyptian Women Coalition against AIDS has a project that is a leading "youth to youth" interaction mobilizing young women from slum areas (the most at-risk areas) to work on HIV/AIDS response in their local areas. This project is reaching high numbers of potentially sexually active young women through implementing interventions with support from local NGOs in their areas through partnership. The project empowers NGOs working with young women to be able to establish a sustained coalition with them and to motivate new NGOs. The goal is to ensure that the voice of young women reaches the communities through the training as well as through public events.
Profile in Brief
Global Youth Coalition against AIDS (GYCA) Egypt
Middle East & Arab States
Small non-governmental organization (NGO)
Field of Work
Treatment, Care and Support
Prevention / prevention of vertical transmission
People who inject drugs
2 full-time, 2 part-time, 12 volunteers
35 NGOs from 7 governorates have been part of the coalition and started activities.
Partnership with the governmental official body for HIV in Egypt (National AIDS program) who supported the facility of HIV testing for free and attended many training sessions during two whole years. This resulted in reaching out more than 12'000 young women from slum areas.
GYCA Egypt improved the knowledge of 12'000 young women about HIV prevention measurements, ways of transmission and services accessibility through "Peer to Peer education" in in 35 high risk slum areas. The age range of these young women is between 15 to 25 years old.
GYCA Egypt transformed the process from "capacity building to practices" through having registered, functioning NGOs that aim to act positively towards HIV positive people as well as spreading support messages among their societies instead of stigma and discrimination.
GYCA Egypt provided "TOT" to 250 active girls from 24 NGOs to make them able to disseminate knowledge through both formal "training" and informal "life interactions" to their peers in this high risk areas.
GYCA Egypt encouraged young women to be enrolled in a painting gallery to express the impact of the project on them and how far lack of knowledge is linked to HIV/AIDS infection.
Finally GYCA Egypt encouraged 300 young women to step up and deliver "OUR" voices to the media through "Open air activity" in the form of a VCT campaign.
35 NGOs from 7 governorates
National AIDS program
Phone: 0020223803583 Address: 21st Mohamed Badr st, From Alhorya st, Hadayek El Maadi Cairo, 14321, Egypt