From the affect under resourced hospitals have on child health to what life is like for children in Africa orphaned by AIDS, KCs document the experiences of young people living in their communities.

They also report the day-to-day experiences of children and young people living with TB, HIV, STIs and other health issues, as well as examining the everyday reality of teenage pregnancy and forced marriage.

KCs also report news of community health initiatives for children and the success and failures of existing child-focused healthcare schemes.


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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. I had gone to the hospital to determine his cause of death when … more
August 18, 2016 0 Comments

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. more
December 11, 2012 0 Comments

‘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 should be dealt with. more
November 5, 2012 0 Comments

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 about sexual education because they do not want to provoke controversy. more
October 31, 2012 0 Comments

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 from their friends and forced into marriage. more
October 15, 2012 2 Comments

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. more
October 12, 2012 0 Comments

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. more
October 3, 2012 1 Comments

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 vaguely remember is that her mother was a beggar. more
October 1, 2012 0 Comments