Antelope Park volunteers joined nursing staff from Mkoba 1 Clinic and Africaid to make a special day for youngsters attending the first HIV/ART review day held specifically for children aged 14 and below.
Previously children and adults were assessed together, but separating these reviews will provide more accurate numbers of children on ART (antiretroviral therapy, used to supress HIV) and will allow the Clinic to establish appropriate support groups for them. Approximately 130 children attended the review day, during which they were registered and received health talks on HIV and ART, as well as counseling sessions. Antelope Park volunteers distributed snacks and refreshments and spent time face painting and playing games with the children.
Africaid Provisional Focal Officer, Simba Munyonho, expressed the organisation’s gratitude to Antelope Park and its volunteers: ‘This serves to express our gratitude for your support at Mkoba 1 Clinic on Saturday 27 April. Your support went a long way in bringing smiles on the faces of many children living with HIV. We thank all your volunteers for sparing their precious time to be with these kids. Their interaction with the kids made the kids feel loved, something, which the kids need most. Thank you once again.’
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