Children have the right to age-appropriate information about their HIV status and should not be the last to find out that they are HIV-positive, Human Rights Watch said on World AIDS Day, December 1, 2010. Human Rights Watch described its research in Kenya about the subject and called on the Kenyan government to provide guidance to health workers and parents on disclosure, which could start from the age of 6, taking into account the child's maturity and the specific clinical and social context.

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Wednesday, 01 December 2010 06:52

UGANDA: 110,000 Children Living With HIV

 

About 110,000 children under the age of 15 years have been infected with HIV in Uganda. Of these, only 42% have access to antiretroviral (ARVs) drugs, Dr. Sabrina Kitaka, the Uganda Pediatrics Association (UPA) president, has said.

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As we mark the International Day for Children, it's important that we reflect on the plight of children in the country. Uganda, like many other countries is a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child that mandates government to guarantee that fundamental rights of children are respected.

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A five-country study by the Southern African AIDS Trust (SAT) in partnership with the Health Economics and AIDS Research Division (HEARD) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal did just that, and the picture that has emerged is more complex than many prevention programmes targeting youth have allowed for.

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There are 91,000 children living with HIV in Malawi. A shortage of resources means that many do not receive proper treatment and care.

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When a child loses a parent to HIV/AIDS, grief counselling helps with the trauma of loss, but when the child is both poor and orphaned, the chances of a fulfilling life are significantly diminished.

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New South African research shows that AIDS-affected children struggle with educational and mental health issues more than their peers, who are vulnerable for other reasons.

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KwaZulu-Natal Province remains the epicentre of South Africa’s HIV epidemic but new research reveals that nearly a third of hospitals surveyed had not started a single HIV-positive infant on antiretroviral treatment in several years.

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HIV-infected babies have had their diagnosis time cut from three months to two weeks thanks to a mobile phone-based technology.

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An initiative that encourages men to visit exclusively male clinics is gaining popularity in western Kenya and increasing male participation in prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission (PMTCT) programmes.

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