Young gift with intellectual disability in Zimbabwe.

Supporting children with HIV and disabilities

Country: Zimbabwe
Category: Improving health

Girls and boys living with both HIV and disability are some of the most vulnerable children in the world.

186,745 children under 14 in Zimbabwe live with HIV. While survival rates among children with HIV are improving dramatically, many develop disabilities as a result of the virus.

This project will provide community-based treatment, support and mental health rehabilitation for 1,000 children living with disabilities and HIV, and their families. A particular focus will be on education as many children with HIV struggle in school and studies show high levels of cognitive impairment amongst this group. The project will develop better support to allow children to access school and benefit from more inclusive teaching practices.

This programme is funded by the Big Lottery Fund.

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