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*** CANFAR is now closed — Thank you to all who participated ***

CANFAR Funded YSMENA Study

“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.

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Research Phases

The overall objective of this project was 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 survey centered on the research question presented to youth:

 

"What are the key elements of an innovative, strength-focused, resilience-based, and youth-driven intervention that is effective in reducing HIV vulnerabilities and sexual health disparities among MENA youth, including youth with diverse gender identities and sexual orientations?”

The project followed four distinct phases outlined below.

Sept, 2022 to Jan, 2023

Developing survey & consulting MENA experts.

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June, 2022 to Sept, 2022

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

April, 2023 to June, 2023

Data collection

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Feb, 2023 to Mar, 2023

Piloting survey with youth groups.

Sept, 2023 to Oct, 2023

Final community report writing.

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July, 2023 to Aug, 2023

Data analysis.

Sept, 2023 to Dec, 2024

Peer reviewed publications & conference presentations. 

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Sept, 2023 to Dec, 2024

i. Social Media

ii. Website

iii. MENA Sexual Health

iv. Papers

v. Conferences

vi. Reporting

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For enquiries or further updates about the CANFAR Funded Ysmena Study, please contact us

We value participation, collaboration and support. 

CANFAR Funded Objective

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.

Infographics

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All data collected from the CANFAR Funded YSMENA Study Final Report.

Structural Interventions

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Biomedical Interventions

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These infographics were developed from key findings from the CANFAR Funded YSMENA Final Report

Impact

The impact of the study is through the development of innovative, community-based, intersectional and youth-driven HIV/STI prevention strategies.

 

These strategies are focused on addressing gender inequities, racism, Islamophobia, and homophobia as determinants of HIV/STI vulnerabilities among MENA youth.

Recruitment Flyers

Click on the documents below to download the YSMENA Study Recruitment Flyers for Research Participants

We are delighted to announce the launch of our newly translated survey in Farsi and Arabic. This survey is 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.

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This is a collaborative study with the following community partners:

CANFAR Funded YSMENA Study Team

Nominated Principal Investigator

Co-Principal Investigators

Principal Knowledge Users

Acknowledgements

Our sincere appreciation and thanks to:

 

Our participants for their commitment, time, and sharing of their life-experiences. Their collective commitment will contribute to developing effective HIV/STI prevention and sexual health promotion programs for MENA young adults.

 

Our Project Advisory Committee for their guidance and advice towards research design, outreach, and recruitment strategies: Jad El Tal (Canadian Arab Institute), Rania Younis (WelcomeHomeTO), Moe Al Akel, and Kerolos Saleib.

Funding

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