Youth can help change the face of People Living With HIV charles wasike- efl

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Education for Life Kenya’s (EFL) experience with PLWHA shows: They don’t like the names they are branded with. Behaviour Change Process (BCP) is crucial since it changes their perception of life. In the fight against AIDS, PLWHA are key players and have a high impact . Many PLWHA get new hope when we say that AIDS is not a sin. This shows how deeply they are stigmatised

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Youth can help change the face of People Living With HIV charles wasike- efl

  1. 1. Youth! Help change the faces of People Living With HIV/AIDS (PLWA) 2nd National Conference on Peer Education, HIV/AIDS Author: Charles Wasike Co Authors: Molla, Alphonce; Olweny, Fred; Mkado, Chrispinus; Njoki, Saraphina; Matola, F
  2. 2. Introduction When we view life solely against the background of death, we become demoralized and wait for death.
  3. 3. Sadly, many People Living With HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) are viewed as having already “signed their death certificates”, by their families and society.
  4. 4. We, the young people, need to change this perception and help PLWHA’s reduce self-stigma and join the fight against stigma and the spread of HIV.
  5. 5. Did you know, last year alone:
  6. 6. Again:
  7. 7. Comparison of two Developing Continents Continent All infected in Continent New infections as % of those infected Deaths as % of those infected in continent Deaths as a % of all infected in continent Latin America PLWHA 1.8million New infections 200,000 = 11%Deaths Death 2005: 66,000 = 3% of PLWHAs die Sub-Saharan Africa PLWHA 25.8million New infections: 3,200, 000 = 12.4% Deaths 2005: 2,400,000= 9% of PLWHAs die
  8. 8. Here are some more important facts: 100% of those who die of HIV related illnesses are PLWHA. It is PLWHA’s who spread the virus, intentionally or unintentionally. What does that mean? To reduce the deaths and stop the spread of HIV/AIDS, we need to focus on PLWHA’s.
  9. 9. Education for Life Kenya’s (EFL) experience with PLWHA shows: They don’t like the names they are branded with. Behaviour Change Process (BCP) is crucial since it changes their perception of life. In the fight against AIDS, PLWHA are key players and have a high impact . Many PLWHA get new hope when we say that AIDS is not a sin. This shows how deeply they are stigmatised
  10. 10. What then can young people do in relation to EFL Kenya’s experience? Stress PLWHA’s personal responsibility for their own wellness and the wellness of all in Kenya.
  11. 11. Take them through an interactive behaviour change process enabling them to choose to accept their situation, live positively and not spread HIV.
  12. 12. Encourage disclosing their status to their partner and their family.
  13. 13. Provide a safe place to share their status, be supported and seek advice. Case studies of dilemmas PLWHAs face: 1. An HIV +ve woman shared that she is worried about disclosing to her child that both she and the child are HIV +ve. As a test she asked the child what she would do if someone in the family had AIDS. The child said, “I would run away”. 2. Another woman revealed to the child that the medicine she was taking was ARVs but didn’t explain what they were for. The little child mentioned it at school and her friends told her she had AIDS. She came home crying to her mother.
  14. 14. Use PLWHA as guest speakers.
  15. 15. Offer practical advice about medicine, diets, positive living, etc.
  16. 16. Offer opportunities for PLWHA to be publicised in the media, to tell their story.
  17. 17. Recommendations Ask PLWHAs what they wish to be called. PLWHAs need follow-ups after a BCP to ensure they don’t give up. Facilitators, counsellors and church leaders need to be educated so that their outreach is doing good not harm. Use PLWHAs in as many ways as possible.
  18. 18. Conclusion Let us all CARE enough to change PLWHAs faces and make them …….

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