Leading up to 16 days of activism, women all over South Africa gather in support groups to discuss the rights of women and children. Somewhere in Johannesburg after a two-day awareness programme, women from a support group, gathered to discuss what they have learnt.
On the 10th of October, 2017, we celebrate World Mental Health Day with the theme; Mental health in the workplace. Mental health in workplace is critical for delivery of quality services and improved productivity. Hospitals and clinics are workplaces for medical staff; schools are workplaces for education staff. Both medical and educational environments are a critical source of psychosocial wellbeing and mental health for adolescents living with HIV (ALWH).
Recently, I attended the Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Case Management Learning Forum hosted by the Government of Zimbabwe, UNICEF and World Education Initiative (WEI) 13-15 September 2017.
Jake Glaser opened the morning with a strong message of courage in fighting stigma related to HIV and calling on the youth to not let their circumstances or heath define who they are. This message set the stage for a morning of empowerment, asking the youth to use this platform to call governments and NGOs to action.
Despite the efforts invested by governments, donors and others to reduce the burden of disease including HIV, they are still to achieve the desired effect. There is a need for new development approaches that take into consideration the cultural beliefs and practices of the people.
Parenting and care is a top priority, together with nutrition and education to ensure children’s development and wellbeing, and help them avoid HIV risks and threats throughout their life course.