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CANFAR Funded: Timeline and Objectives

“Developing an Innovative, Youth-Driven and Resilience-Based HIV Prevention Intervention for Young People from Middle Eastern and North African Communities (MENA) in Canada” will apply community-based participatory principles and peer-led approaches to develop, pilot and distribute an electronic-based survey to MENA youth in Ontario and British Columbia (BC). This will be used to determine meaningful HIV prevention interventions for MENA youth at a national level.

Funded by the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR), the overall objective of this project is to apply community-based participatory principles and peer-led approaches to develop and distribute an electronic-based survey to determine meaningful Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) prevention interventions for MENA youth at a national level. The purpose of the project is to develop innovative community-based, intersectional, and youth-driven HIV / Sexually transmitted infections (HIV/STI) prevention strategies that address gender inequities, racism, Islamophobia, and homophobia as determinants of HIV/STI vulnerabilities among MENA youth. Our goal is to capture the diverse voices of MENA youth across Canada from various communities, including people who use drugs, men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender women, young women, and youth from newcomer and refugee communities.

Timeline and Objectives

Objective 01

Designing, piloting and finalizing the survey (months 0-4)

Objective 02

Survey dissemination (months 5-8)

Objective 03

Survey analysis (months 9-11)

Objective 04

iKT & Engagement:

i. Social Media

ii. Website

iii. MENA Sexual Health Network

iv. Papers

v. Conferences

vi. Reporting

(months 4-18)

Hiring project coordinator, staff training & forming Community Advisory Group:

Jun, 2022- Sep, 2022

Piloting survey with youth groups: 

Feb - Mar, 2023

Data Analysis July - Aug, 2023

Peer reviewed publications & conference presentations: Sept - Dec, 2023

Developing survey & consulting MENA experts: Sept, 2022- Jan, 2023

Data Collection Apr - Jun, 2023

Final community report writing:

Sept - Oct, 2023

Recruitment Flyer

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We are delighted to announce the Launch of our newly translated survey in Farsi and Arabic, aimed at facilitating seamless communication and breaking down language barriers. With this significant update, we strive to ensure that a wider audience can easily access and participate in our survey, promoting inclusivity and diverse perspectives.

Recruitment Flyer

Click on the document to the left to download the YSMENA Study Recruitment Flyer for Research Participants

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