At Reach Out Mbuya Community Health Initiative we work with more than 400 children living with HIV. These receive health services in terms of antiretroviral therapy, HIV counseling, psychosocial support, peer support groups and other social support services like education support, child protection services, food, shelter, water and economic strengthening for their households.
Involvement of parents is key for the children’s adherence. If the child is transitioned to the 2nd line and 3rd line regimen, they are like to face severe health challenges. Parents must see that children remain on the 1st line regimen of antiretroviral therapy for as long as possible.
Mental health issues among children have also been ignored. As parents and caregivers, it is our role to listen to the children’s needs and address them case by case.
Children need to be heard.
Auntie Sarah Nassolo – Social Worker Reach Out Mbuya Community Health Initiative.