Human Rights Day 2016

Human rights day is observed every year on 10 December. This year, Human Rights Day calls on everyone to stand up for someone's rights!

As The Regional Inter-Agency Task Team on children and AIDS (RIATT-ESA) we are standing up for the rights of children living with HIV in eastern and southern Africa. 88% of the world’s HIV-positive children are living in Sub-Saharan Africa (0–14 years). Children living with HIV are more vulnerable to abuse, violence, discrimination and death. Since the year 2000, adolescents AIDS-related deaths have tripled in eastern and southern Africa.

Children living with HIV often struggle to start and adhere to treatment, often due to many risk factors, including: high transport costs, food insecurity, disrupted family structures, non-disclosure, mental health issues and stigma and discrimination.

All children regardless of their gender, race, culture, religion, health and abilities have the right to:

  • Be treated fairly without discrimination,
  • Have access to health care and information on their wellbeing
  • Have access for nutrition food, clean water, and a safe environment
  • Be cared for and protected from all forms of violence
  • Have access to education
  • Be listened to and have their opinions respected
  • Have access to social protection
  • Have time to relax and play
  • And have access to psychosocial support.

It starts with us, take a stand for the rights of children living with HIV!

References:

Resourcing Resilience: The Case of Social Protection for HIV-Positive Children on Antiretroviral Treatment in Eastern and Southern Africa

UNICEF FACT SHEET: A summary of the rights under the Convention on the Rights of the Chil

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