Parents must provide for their children

HARARE - Recent reports from Manicaland that schoolgirls are now one of the major drivers of new HIV infections, are indeed worrisome and call for all stakeholders to have a rethink on strategies to combat the scourge, otherwise the strides made thus far in the fight against the killer disease could be in vain.

According to reports, many of these schoolgirls are staying in rented apartments at business centres close to their schools — but far from parental guidance — where they have freedom to do what they deem necessary.

While the problem could stem from lack of parental guidance and peer pressure, it is also vital to consider the drivers such as the economic mess currently bedevilling the country.

But while it is a fact that the economic situation is bad, it is every parent’s duty to thrive for what is good for his or her child to avoid such scenarios where children are driven into prostitution by necessity.

Schoolchildren are the future of this country and in the fight against HIV and Aids; there are goals that need to be met in line with the United Nations’ initiative to end the disease by 2030.

It is against this background that ordinary people should show commitment to meeting this goal by doing what is expected of them.

Evidently, these schoolgirls are being taken advantage of by adult men, who use money to lure them into bed and while it is controversial, there is need for a rethink on the introduction of condoms in schools.

It is trite that when hungry, these children need money for food and it is in such situations that older men manipulate them. Usually, they are not in positions to enforce the use of protection on their benevolent partners.

Because of peer pressure and the children’s failure to negotiate for safer sex, they are at more risk of contracting the disease and as well propagate its spread.

On the other hand, if parents provide adequately for their children, and ensure that they live in safe environments, it reduces the temptation brought by older men.

While organisations that are involved in the fight against the disease are doing everything within their means through awareness campaigns, their efforts have to be complemented by action.

A recent report showed that adolescents now constitute the greatest number of people spreading the disease.

However, government also needs to do more in educating the people on issues to do with stigmatisation, which has resulted in several patients failing to be treated properly as they hide in shells, all the while spreading the disease.

Comments (2)

unopenga iwe. with so much unemployment, and a drought...where do they get that which provides adequately? Are you a sheltered G40 with no clue of whats happening in this country? Do you think there is a parent who would willingly do such things? What they want is their kids to get an education. Thats what they are trying to provide with the little they have. The kids must understand and take care of themslves. Makore enhamo dzatakadai kupiwa naRobert Mugabe.

Ginger - 12 April 2016

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drorifrini drorifrini - 12 April 2016

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