Rachel Njau (first from the left) and Justine Sylivester (second from the right side) in a group photo during psychosocial forum

Three adolescents from AGPAHI supported regions joined other children and adolescents from Eastern and Southern African countries to participate in the  Psychosocial Forum that took place at Lush garden, Arusha.

The two days children forum (2nd – 3rd September 2017) preceded the main conference in which it included children and adolescents from 13 countries of the Eastern and Southern Africa. Frank Christopher, Rachel Njau and Justine Sylvester are three adolescents who participated in the forum. These adolescents come from Nasa Health Centre(Simiyu region), Shinyanga Referral Hospital and Kambarage Health Centre in Shinyanga region. They belong to AGPAHI initiated psychosocial clubs, commonly known as "Ariel clubs". The forum was organized by Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative (REPSSI).

 

The main objectives of the forum are as follows:

  • Allowing children from different background and experiences, networks and platforms to share experience, to network and get platform lessons and ways of addressing challenges they face to each other,
  • Working with children and be able to package the information and lessons in a way that can be adapted for implementation and advocacy,
  • Empowering children and youth to be able to share the resolutions from the forum for implementation and advocacy in their respective clubs.

 

Kuadhimisha siku ya vijana duniani Agosti 12,2017, Vijana 230 kutoka halmashauri za wilaya ya Kishapu na Manispaa ya Shinyanga wamekutana katika bonanza la michezo lililoandaliwa na Shirika la Kitanzania lisilo la kiserikali la Ariel Glaser Pediatric Aids Healthcare Initiative (AGPAHI) linalojihusisha na mapambano dhidi ya Virusi vya UKIMWI na UKIMWI.

Bonanza hilo limefadhiliwa na Mfuko wa Kusaidia watoto wa Uingereza (Children’s Investment Fund Foundation UK- (CIFF) limefanyika Jumamosi Agosti 12,2017 katika uwanja wa shule ya msingi Kolandoto kata ya Kolandoto katika manispaa ya Shinyanga.

Miongoni mwa michezo iliyochezwa na vijana hao ni pamoja mpira wa miguu,kuvuta kamba,mbio za magunia,kukimbiza kuku ,kuimba mashairi,kucheza muziki na kuonesha fasheni za mavazi ambapo washindi walipatiwa zawadi mbalimbali ikiwemo kombe na mabegi ya shule.

Mgeni rasmi Afisa Tabibu wa hospitali ya Kolandoto,Maryciana Bruno akiongea wakati  wakati wa bonanza.

Akizungumza katika bonanza hilo mgeni rasmi Afisa Tabibu wa hospitali ya Kolandoto,Maryciana Bruno alisema lengo la bonanza hilo kwa ajili ya vijana kufurahi,kufahamiana,kupata marafiki wapya,kuonyesha vipaji na kujifunza.

“Bonanza hili limejumuisha vijana wenye umri wa kati ya miaka 14-19 wanaotoka katika klabu za vijana ambazo zimeundwa na zinasimamiwa na AGPAHI kwa kushirikiana na halmashauri za wilaya, vijana hawa wanatoka kwenye vikundi 10 vilivyopo katika halmashauri za wilaya mbili za mkoa wa Shinyanga ambazo ni Kishapu,Manispaa ya Shinyanga”,alieleza Bruno.

“Nalishukuru sana shirika la AGPAHI kuendelea kuwa karibu na vijana hawa wanaopata huduma kwenye vituo vya tiba na matunzo”,aliongeza. Aidha aliwataka viongozi wa halmashauri za wilaya kuendelea kutoa ushirikiano kwa shirika hilo hususani katika kutekeleza majukumu ya kuwasaidia wananchi katika huduma za afya hususani kwa watu wanaopata tiba na matunzo ili huduma zipatikane katika ubora na ziwe rafiki kwa wananchi.

Ijumaa Julai 28,2017 Vijana wamekutana katika Ukumbi wa Karena Hotel mjini Shinyanga kwa ajili ya Malumbano ya Hoja kuhusu Vijana kujadili kuhusu utaratibu wa kupambana na kudhibiti maambukizi mapya ya Virusi vya Ukimwi (VVU),unyanyapaa na vifo vinavyotokana na UKIMWI nchini Tanzania.

Mratibu wa Masuala ya Watoto AGPAHI mkoa wa Shinyanga,Dk. Jane Kashumba akizungumza wakati wa Malumbano ya Hoja kwa vijana yaliyoandaliwa na shirika hilo katika ukumbi wa Karena Hotel mjini Shinyanga

Malumbano hayo ya Hoja yaliyoandaliwa na shirika la Ariel Glaser Pediatric Aids Healthcare Initiative (AGPAHI) linalojihusisha na mapambano dhidi ya Virusi vya Ukimwi (VVU) na Ukimwi kupitia kwa ufadhili wa mfuko wa kusaidia Watoto wenye VVU Kwa hisani ya watu wa Uingereza (CIFF) yamekutanisha vijana kutoka wilaya ya Kahama,Kishapu na Shinyanga.

Wakichangia hoja,vijana hao mbali na kulipongeza shirika la AGPAHI na serikali katika kuboresha huduma za afya katika vituo vya kutolea huduma pia waliishukuru AGPAHI kwa kusaidia watu wanaoishi na maambukizi ya VVU. Vijana hao walisema ili kuhakikisha mapambano dhidi ya VVU na Ukimwi yanafanikiwa ni vyema suala la elimu kuhusu Ukimwi likatiliwa mkazo katika maeneo yote mjini na vijijini kwani vifo vingi vinatokea kutokana na jamii kutokuwa na elimu sahihi.

Elimu sahihi kuhusu Ukimwi bado haijatolewa kwa pande zote mbili za watu wanaoishi na maambukizi ya VVU na wale wasio na maambukizi ya VVU,elimu ikitolewa watu hawatapata maambukizi mapya,watu watazingatia matumizi sahihi ya dawa na hapatakuwa na unyanyapaa”,walieleza vijana hao.

Watu hawajitokezi kupima afya zao hali ambayo inachangia kuwepo kwa vifo vinavyotokana na Ukimwi,watu hao wangepata elimu sahihi wangeweza kuanza kutumia dawa za kupunguza makali ya VVU lakini kutokana na kutojua afya zao wengine wanakuwa na imani za kishirikina kwamba wamerogwa kumbe wamejiroga wao wenyewe kwa kutopima afya zao”,waliongeza vijana hao.

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