In the LTAS Spotlight this month (March 2009) is LTAS Host Mahmud Johnson. Mahmud has been appointed as the Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GYCA) 2009 National Focal Point for Liberia. The GYCA is a youth-led, UNAIDS and UNFPA supported alliance of over 5000 young leaders and adult allies working in over 150 countries worldwide. Of the 2.5 million people infected yearly, young people account for 40 percent of new infections. GYCA empowers young leaders with the skills, knowledge, resources and opportunities they need to scale up HIV/AIDS interventions amongst their peers.
Mahmud was selected from a pool of Liberian youths who applied earlier this year for the post.