1000s of Zim children die from Aids

2011-09-08 22:27

Harare - Thousands of children die each year in Zimbabwe from HIV-related illnesses, often because they have no access to life-prolonging antiretroviral drugs, the state-run Herald newspaper reported on Thursday.

"Between 6 000 and 7 000 die per year as a result of HIV and in most cases these children have failed to access paediatric ART [antiretroviral therapy]," the report quoted Peter Salama, head of the United Nations agency for children (Unicef) in Zimbabwe, as saying.

The lack of technology meant that many children were not being tested for HIV, Salama told an Aids conference in Harare.

"It is important to have an early infant diagnosis as 50% of those children not tested will not be able to reach the age of two," he said.

About one in seven Zimbabweans is infected with HIV, the virus that causes Aids. The US-based Elizabeth Glazer Paediatric Foundation says about 13% of pregnant women are HIV-positive in Zimbabwe.

However, the relatively high costs of medical care and the poor economy means many women give birth at home or never return to hospital for post-natal checkups.

  • PinkAndProud - 2011-09-08 23:26

    African solutions for African problems.

      SAHID - 2011-09-09 06:33


      Jon JJ - 2011-09-09 08:06

      Not our problem....

      Francois - 2011-09-09 11:04

      I think we need to hear the voice of Thabo Mbeki on this one. Thabo, we know you don't like white people. We know you have a skewed idea of democracy, but we also know that Zim's solution was your brain child. Can you please answer us whether this was your intent?

  • Sledgedarkwatch - 2011-09-09 07:20

    SA - ANC must learn from Zim, cause the current "Leaders" is steering this country in the same direction. Don't leave it untill everything in this country is derelict and useless because then who is to blame ? I for one want to live in a country with great potential & harmony and not in a country where greed, power and corruption is a mandate for being a "Leader". But once again the mess that will be left behing WILL be up to the Honest, taxpaying, hardworking citizens to clean up.

  • RealityCheckOut1 RealityCheckOut1 - 2011-09-09 07:44

    An intelligent person will realize the true underlying cause of humanities suffering :climate crisis, environment damage, animal species extinction, job scarcity, rising unemployment, fresh water and food shortages, housing shortages, violent crime, wars ... the TRUE cause is OVERPOPULATION. its time lessen the burden on this planet by cleaning up the gene pool of uncivilised, uneducated and unfit people breeding like locusts.

  • Candy_E - 2011-09-09 10:17

    Can we all just put aside politics for a second?!?! These are CHILDREN, and they are DYING. They have no hope or chance at life, no hospitals, no healthcare, doctors. NO ONE cares, these are innocent children caught in the cross-fire of a sadistic dictator and power hungry war mongers. @PinkAndProud, instead of bitching about Africa, why don't you go make a small difference. Go do some volunteer work, it will open your eyes as to what is REALLY happening. @Sahid, they are NOT breeding themselves to death, there is NO oral contraception in Zim, and hysterectomies actually turn out to be fatal becaue the Doctors do not know what they are doing. Again, OPEN your eyes. @Jon JJ, it IS our problem, it IS MANKINDS problem. We are ALL responsible for this. I am ashamed to say I am apart of mankind. You are all heartless. I pray that the people of Zim (and ALL over Africa) see better days, that they don't have to starve to death or die slowly from diseases, walk miles for a cup of rice and water and have to abandon their child in the desert because they are to weak to carry them. Remember this: You are NOT going through this, you're comfortable and safe in your home. These poor people are suffering and people like you turn a blind eye. You should ALL be ashamed of yourselves. God Bless Africa, he shouldn't have to considering what we have done to mankind and the planer he gave us. What really needs to be done, is God forgiving us for letting this happen.

      Francois - 2011-09-09 13:21

      Their parents voted for a country like that, they wanted to live in a country like that. Don't you think that this is enough reason for the people of Zim to stand up? No they will rather watch their own children die. I think the first responsibility towards children are their parents and it does not seem that they want to do anything. We called for a change in the country since 2002, but our leaders have turned a blind eye. Candy, if you feel so strong about it, open a case of genocide against Bob, Mbeki and Zuma, we will support you.

      Cecily - 2011-09-13 17:23

      Francois, get your facts straight... they did NOT vote for this government. The MDC won the election and the government of your country induced the MDC into a power sharing arrangement. It is South Africans like you who clearly do not know what is going on in that country who should be blamed. The silence from South Africans in the face of gross human rights violations over the past few years is frankly disgusting and one day you guys will pay the price because your country will be in the same position and Zimbabwe will not be strong enough or have the will to assist you. Be afraid, be very afraid!

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