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RMT Impacts Lives of Children Living with HIV in Murewa, Zimbabwe

Posted by on 28/12/2011

Rozaria Memorial Trust project “Supporting Children Living with HIV in Murewa with Access to Education and Treatment” has made great impact for children

Mrs Joyce Madziko (the late) Community Care-Giver

living with HIV in Murewa Zimbabwe, a rural communities face extreme challenges to access treatment, education, and nutrition. Many such children live in extreme poverty, enduring social stigma and discrimination. The project directly supported almost 200 children living with HIV and AIDS, and over 2000 young people of school going age in 30 villages within the district.

HIV remains one of the most defining issues in Zimbabwe at the moment, with the country having an estimated HIV prevalence of 13, 3 % as of 2010 and the children have not been spared. It is estimated that 150 000 children aged between 0-14 years are living with HIV in Zimbabwe.  Tremendous progress has been made over the past few years in diagnosing and treatment of children living with HIV and AIDS in Zimbabwe; and such could be enhanced if the country has greater political and economic stability