Good Practices - Page 3
Children demand HIV discrimination stopped In Zbar.
Rahman Ramadhan. Mto Pepo School & Mainda Juma,Rihana School
Mr. Abdallah Juma, a resident of urban Unguja has urges society to stop shunning and excluding people living with HIV. He said that this behavior makes life miserable and lonely for those who have openly declared their health status. While having a conversion with children reports for children’s voice who are learning about HIV discrimination in society, he said that he was once before a victim of such cruel behavior.
He says it jeopardized the success of his business since many people used to point accusing finger at him.
Mr. Juma added that it is vital to impart education about HIV to the members of society who are not yet affected by the disease, because unfortunately they are the ones who isolate and reject those that are HIV positive, including the orphans.
Many children infected and affected by HIV who have joined ZAPHA+
(Zanzibar Association for People Living with HIV/AIDS) commented that the problem of excluding people living with HIV makes them very sad and discourages them, because it deprives them of their basic child rights.
In addition, the children from ZAPHA+ believe that there is a strong need to educate the public about HIV, because the majority of the people have no idea about the consequences of their unkind actions. They are also the same people who popularize HIV discrimination, because they don’t know the pain it causes.
Many of the orphans we see having in poverty and in bad health, their parents died from HIV, commented Juma Hamad, a 16year old boy. Juma said that this is often the assumption made among community members, that because their parents died from HIV, then they too must have the disease and therefore could infect other people.
Isolating and rejecting children living with HIV cripples their development, especially since most of them are brought up by poor families, Juma emphasized.
The Government needs to join hands with organizations that offer HIV education to society in order to help get rid of of HIV discrimination, he concluded.