Children call for ARVs and loving support

arv_pillsCHIMANIMANI - Children from southern African countries have called for better access to anti-retroviral treatment. The plea came out of a Life Skills camp currently underway in Chimanimani.

More than 60 children from Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe are attending the camp organised by the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society.

Participants have drafted ****The Childrens Declaration***, in which they highlight how few infected children receive anti-retroviral drugs (ARVs).

We call upon governments to do more awareness of HIV and AIDS as well as more awareness campaigns on childrens rights, reads the declaration. We also appeal to the governments in the SADC countries not to deny anti-retroviral treatment to infected children and also not to deny education to those affected and infected.

We also call our families and communities to show love, support and care to children affected and those with the disease. We also appeal to them to openly speak to children about HIV and AIDS.

As children, we commit ourselves to be models in the fight against HIV and AIDS through abstaining as well as preaching abstinence to fellow young members of our society.

South Africa and Zimbabwe have accounted for the biggest contribution to the total number of people receiving ARVs since 2008 in the whole world.

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