© unicef/mutseyekwa/2009
More than 17 000 children have been started on Anti Retroviral Treatment in Zimbabwe as a measure to boost their chances of a long and quality life, yet often the potency of the drugs is negatively affected by compliance to a strict adherence pattern.

Zimbabwe has been one of the countries in the world experiencing a decline in HIV prevalence as first observed in the late 1990's. 

The 2009 HIV and AIDS National estimates further highlights that incidence of HIV in the adult population estimated at 0.96% in 2009, will stabilise and further decline.  These positive results are attributed to the government supported programmes which are aimed at prevention and behaviour change.

Through the Young People We Care (YPWC) programme young people from 25 districts of Zimbabwe have been trained to actively support individuals and households affected by HIV and AIDS. More than 6000 young people have been trained to actively participate in YPWC activities and offer support to over 50,000 OVC and their families. 

Through Youth and Sports for development programmes, young people have been equipped with life skills and HIV prevention information resulting in reported improved self-esteem, open dialogue on sex and sexuality among children, young people and their families.   

© unicef/mutseyekwa/2008
HIV and AIDS prevention, care and support programmes aim at increasing the chance of children to be born free of HIV and for them to enjoy their young lives.

Human Interest Article
HIV and AIDS, Young People



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