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Aids' impact on children

By unknown | Jul 23, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Zinhle Mapumulo

Zinhle Mapumulo

The South African Business Coalition on HIV-Aids (Sabcoha) met with children's rights groups in Johannesburg yesterday to discuss the impact of HIV-Aids on children.

The meeting was held under the theme "Children are Everyone's Business".

Brad Meares, chief executive officer of the coalition, said the meeting was aimed at sensitising Sabcoha members to the plight of children as a result of the pandemic.

"HIV-Aids is a serious problem in this country and it affects all of us, especially children," Meares said. "As employers we need to look at programmes that will ease the children's burden.

"We must start prioritising children for care and support."

Cati Vawda of the Children's Right Centre welcomed Sabcoha's suggestions.

"Whether we like it or not, business does shape our children's future," he said. "I am happy that the private sector has started this initiative of putting children affected or infected with HIV-Aids first.

"The idea of having an HIV support system in the workplace is wonderful."


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