HIV/Aids: everywhere yet hidden by a wall of silence
HIV/Aids is another enormous problem. Although the total number of those infected has reduced over the last decade from 26 to 15 %, and antiretroviral drugs are in principle available free of charge to all, the number of children and young people affected still remains very high. In addition, countless orphans live in households made up of children without any adults, or else they live with grandparents. This results in HIV/Aids in Zimbabwe rarely being spoken about. Those affected are at risk of social exclusion. Therefore they conceal their illness as long as possible – which once again makes prevention more difficult.
The confidence to build a future
Partner organisations of Terre des Hommes Switzerland are giving young people in Zimbabwe knowledge and skills. They are offering them the option of getting to know and drawing upon their own resources so they then gain confidence in a future for themselves in Zimbabwe, and also acquire the courage to make this happen.