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.
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
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
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
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
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
Nearly 30 million African children of primary school age, mostly girls, are out of school, a new report from Plan International suggests. more
Wamuyu* kept the secret to herself. She had vowed never to disclose this information to anybody. more
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