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700 youth accompany Million Memory Project Zimbabwe to support HIV affected people

MMPZ is a  private voluntary organization constituted to respond to the several challenges encountered by children and young people living with HIV.


Devdiscourse News Desk Zimbabwe
Updated: 20-06-2018 12:53 IST
700 youth accompany Million Memory Project Zimbabwe to support HIV affected people

MMPZ director Trevor Chirimambowa stated that 700 children and youth aged among 12 and 28 years had joined the support groups. (Image Credit: Pixabay)

The Million Memory Project Zimbabwe (MMPZ) has announced that the organization recorded a bounce in the number of youth and adolescents living with HIV and Aids who join its support groups, a move hope to reform the wellbeing of more people living with the virus.

MMPZ director Trevor Chirimambowa stated that 700 children and youth aged among 12 and 28 years had joined the support groups.

"The number of participants is marginally increasing with the newly initiated children and youths being introduced to the activities which include self-awareness, life and interpersonal skills building activities, experimental learning and treatment literacy sessions," said Chirimambowa.

Chirimambowa also stated that "Treatment literacy sessions help the participants deal with adherence issues — this is mainly to reinforce what they would have been told by the clinicians, self-awareness is done to deal with issues of low self-esteem and feelings of despair that come in as a result of being expected to die soon or people expecting less from you because you live with HIV."

MMPZ is a private voluntary organization constituted to respond to the several challenges encountered by children and young people living with HIV.

Chirimambowa said, "We also face challenges in getting medication for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) - some youths acquire STI's and cannot afford medication and referring them to other centres where they can possibly get medication for free is a risk in that youths are sensitive to who they open up to."

COUNTRY : Zimbabwe

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