Prince Harry Follows In Princess Diana’s Footsteps Calling For New Action In AIDS Fight

Prince Harry attended the 2018 International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam, where he added his voice in support of the ongoing fight against HIV, the Express reported.

“It is about being able to normalize the conversation around HIV because it is a virus you can live with now, which is different to many many years ago,” the royal said. “In order to normalize it those communities who have never had an HIV problem need to start talking about it.”

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REUTERS/Yves Herman
REUTERS/Yves Herman

Harry said the younger generation will step up and answer the call for action.

We have to put the power into the hands of the younger generations because that’s where the solutions are going to come from and that’s where engagement is coming from,” the 33-year-old said. “There is a generational gap in pretty much every problem that we have at the moment. The younger generation not only have the solutions but have the capability to be able to solve these problems in a shorter period. It has to part of policy change.”

The fight against HIV/AIDS was one the biggest causes for Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, who, in 1987 opened the U.K.’s first purpose-built unit at London Middlesex Hospital to treat the disease.

Harry was attending the 2018 AIDS Conference as part of his charity Sentebale and its Let Youth Lead program, which supports HIV-positive young people in the African nations of Lesotho and Botswana.

On Monday, Kensington Palace released previously unseen photos of Harry’s visit last month to Lesotho.

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Today Prince Harry will attend the #AIDS2018 Conference in Amsterdam with Advocates from @sentebale ‘s #LetYouthLead Programme. In June I took this previously unseen photo as the Prince made a private trip to Lesotho to catch up on how the charity he co-founded with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho (over 10 years ago) was progressing with its important work in this small South African Mountain Kingdom. As always Prince Harry, not one to stand by and watch, got stuck in as the children from the Mamohato Children’s Centre and played games as part of a programme that educates and helps empower them to take control of their future. Much of the money you’ve seen raised from Sentebale’s ventures over the last 10 years went into building this purpose built centre on the outskirts of the capital, Maseru. Seeing the effect a period in this camp has on the children first hand is a really special and uplifting experience – It’s obvious to me how much the specialist programmes do to help these vulnerable children who’s needs would otherwise go unanswered. I’ve been coming to Lesotho for 10 years now and this was certainly one of the more special visits, simply because it really was seeing the fruition of a lot of the hard work the charity has put in over the last few years, that said there is still a long way to go so please do follow @sentebale and support what they do in whatever way you can. #sentebale #charity #lesotho #africa #HIV #princeharry

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Harry visited with children at Mamohato Children’s Centre and Mamohato Children’s Camp during his trip.

“As always Prince Harry, not one to stand by and watch, got stuck in as the children from the Mamohato Children’s Centre played games as part of a program that educates and helps empower them to take control of their future,” wrote photographer Chris Jackson, who took the photos, on Instagram.

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