Children hard hit by HIV

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Many children living with HIV and Aids are not on anti-retroviral therapy (ART) due to stigma by their parents or guardians.

Giving oral evidence to the thematic committee on HIV and Aids in Parliament on Monday, Deputy Director for Zimbabwe Aids Network, Joyce Siveregi, said over 39 000 children required paediatric ART.

Siveregi said children could not make decisions about their health issues and had to rely on parents or guardians for assistance.

“Both parents may be dead and those looking after the child might ignore medical needs of the child,” she said.