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Religious Leaders Commemorate Universal Children’s Day in Kenya

AJAN, together with religious leaders from different faith backgrounds, children and youth were brought together for an interfaith breakfast meeting to reflect on pediatric HIV and Tuberculosis (TB) prevention, testing and Treatment. Themed ‘I am a Child, Your Future Leader & My Health Matters for a Bright Future, Empower Me Today by Ending Pediatric HIV and TB’, the whole day sensitization workshop event took place in Panafric Hotel, Nairobi. In the forum, members were engaged through panel discussions, questions and answers sessions and group discussions. UNAIDS and NACC representatives were also present in the forum. Also present was Honorable Esther Passaris, Nairobi Women Representative who encouraged religious leaders to take up an active role in the fight against HIV in Kenya. “We must now be the role models, encourage our children, our youth, men and women to boldly take HIV test to know their status” said Passaris. 

Religious leaders released a communiqué stating their commitment to the protection of dignity of all children, their welfare and improvement of their wellbeing. In the Communiqué, religious leaders called upon the government, media, pharmaceutical companies and international communities to take action to enable early diagnosis by prioritizing HIV and TB Testing, enable access to appropriate medicines by developing palatable and affordable pediatric formulations, eliminate stigma amongst children living and affected by HIV and TB, make accessible and disseminate proper content amongst the media outlets and address teenage pregnancies by empowering teenagers with relevant sexual reproductive health information.

The second day of the event saw members of the forum and people of good will participate in a procession to mark the commemoration of ‘Universal Day of the Child’ on Tuesday 20th November at Nairobi Calvary Temple in Buru Buru, Nairobi.

The event was organized by World Council of Churches, Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance, Eastern Deanery AIDS Relief Program and INERELA + Kenya.