Compiled by Hema Somai (Children’s Rights Centre)
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Children’s Rights Centre distributed 1076 My Living Positively Handbooks and the Helping Children Living with HIV booklets between October and November 2011 in English, isiZulu and isiXhosa languages. This is a significant achievement which confirms the value these books have for children living with HIV and AIDS.
A few copies were requested by the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers' Union who distributed at a conference these at their ARV Programme for Pediatrics[j1] in Durban in the KwaZulu-Natal Province. Lesedi Educare requested 300 each of the Handbooks and Adult Guides in English in November 2011which they shared with children attending the Pelonomi Hospital’s Tswelopele HIV/AIDS Clinic in the Free State. In 2009/1010 this organisation ordered 1000 of the My Living Positively Handbooks for use in the same clinic. They reported that our books were welcomed by the doctors and children alike, therefore prompting the request for the second consignment.
We also shared 550 copies each of the books with eMpathy Trust, Southern Africa located in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, who used the books for information sharing. This province continues to have the highest HIV prevalence rate in South Africa and high levels of infant mortality. Linzi Rabinowitz from eMpathy Trust praised they My Living Positively Handbook by saying: “eMpathyTrust has mostly worked in schools, but more and more our work seems to be extending to home/health care workers in communities so your book is an invaluable resource! Many thanks”.
Three hundred and fifty copies of the books were distributed to the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation located in Cape Town in the province of the Western Cape. This was the second time this organisation requested these books, having reported that “...the children loved them”.
Two hundred books were distributed to the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital in Cape Town, Western Cape province. These books will be used for information sharing and distribution to the children living with HIV and AIDS.
Sinikithemba is the McCord Hospital’s HIV care programme, located in Durban in KwaZulu-Natal. One hundred copies of My Living Positively Handbooks and Guides were distributed for information sharing purposes and use by their pediatric clinic.
Sixty copies of the Handbook were shared with The National Association of Child Care Workers distribute for information sharing in November 2011.
Sixty copies were also shared with an orphanage located in the Limpopo Province by organisation Keep the Dream.
We hope that in the coming months to distribute our books to more organisations in all of the 9 provinces in South Africa, to ensure that children living with HIV and AIDS have their right to treatment, care and support fulfilled.
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