Category: Children

Children are the key to building strong and healthy communities but many are affected by HIV, AIDS, TB and other health problems.

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Poverty holds back progress in prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission in Nigeria

Mrs. Chinwe* from Anambra in south-Eastern Nigeria is a 30-year-old mother of three who is living with HIV: "I discovered I had HIV after my baby died ...

Illegal underage marriages high in rural Kenya, report finds

Despite a law prohibiting child marriages in Kenya the practice is still rampant in rural areas, a report released by Plan International has found. ...

‘We will fight child abuse’ say villagers in Epworth, Zimbabwe

Villagers in rural Epworth, about 15km east of Zimbabwe’s capital Harare, are determined to fight child abuse - but they are divided on how such cases ...

How to help youth realise their sexual and reproductive health rights

Traditionally, in Zimbabwe it is taboo to discuss sexual education with adolescents. Normally policymakers and community leaders avoid discussions abo ...

Forced, early marriage: Ayatollah’s story

For millions of girls in Egypt, reaching puberty can be the first step towards a forced marriage. Too often, girls are taken out of school, isolated f ...

Universal primary education ‘a mirage’ as 30 million African children out of school

Nearly 30 million African children of primary school age, mostly girls, are out of school, a new report from Plan International suggests. ...

Youth, contraceptives and abortion – how much do they know?

Wamuyu* kept the secret to herself. She had vowed never to disclose this information to anybody. ...

Akinyi’s story: growing up on the streets of Nairobi

Akinyi is 16 and homeless. She was born and brought up in the streets of Nairobi. She has scant knowledge of her parents; the only thing she can vague ...

Initiative to improve health assistance for orphans in Zimbabwe

Poor and vulnerable members of society in Zimbabwe are set to benefit from an initiative to improve Zimbabwe's health assistance scheme. ...

Fighting for my child: Maria’s story

Maria Okurut’s joy at delivering a twin boy and girl was soon after damped by the death of her husband then the death of her newborn son. ...
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