Yana Panfilova
Head of Board Teenergizer

Yana Panfilova holds a bachlor’s degree in social work, Academy of Labour, Social Relations and Tourism. Head of Board Union of adolescents and youth «Teenergizer» since 2015. Works in the field of support and protection of the rights of vulnerable adolescents for 7 years in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region, the author of report Key barriers to HIV testing for adolescents in EECA (Ukraine, Russia and Georgia). Yana was born with HIV. She discovered her status at the age of 10. At 13, she spoke openly at the international conference "Children and HIV" on behalf of adolescents living with HIV in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Also, as a result of speaking openly about her HIV status in Moldova and of advocacy in June 2013, the Ministry of Health introduced disability benefits for all HIV+ children. As well, as a result of speaking openly at the expanded meeting of the Coordinating Committee of HIV prevention in Sverdlovsk Region in Russia in Dec 2013 and advocacy, a decision was taken by the government structures to pay special attention to youth living with HIV. Yana spoke on behalf of teenagers living with HIV in EECA region at the High-Level meeting on HIV/AIDS in 2016 and 2018, also she was a panelist at the 22 International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam in 2018 and was a speaker at the first panel at Global Primary Health Care Conference in Astana, Kazakhstan.

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