The Hand-in-Hand Network is an international movement which aims to promote the exchange of practical information and educational experiences concerning the health and rights of socially apart youth. The Network defines 'socially apart youth' as young people who may be homeless, living on the streets or refugees. Some of these young people, although living at home, may suffer from domestic abuse. They may be out of school, involved in sex work or child labour. In some way they are 'socially apart' from access to basic goods and services, and the attainment of rights. The Network is particularly concerned with sexual health and AIDS in developing countries.
The Network was established in 1991 with support from the World Health Organization and the Ashoka Foundation, and with technical support from Healthlink Worldwide based in London. At present there is no formal membership of the Network. Instead, individuals and organisations are encouraged to complete a questionnaire and then they are placed on a database and mailing list. This has been used to encourage networking and participation in specific projects of the Network, and to help with the distribution of a resource pack and seminar report.
Plans are currently underway to establish a more formal structure to help guide the Network, which will include a small group of international advisors serving on a volunteer steering committee. Contact Healthlink Worldwide for more information about future plans for the Network, or to find out how to participate in Network activities.
Funded by the World Health Organization, World Bank and States of Jersey