World AIDS Day: Foundation Decry Increased In Orphans With Malnutrition In Kaduna

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By: Mayen Etim

KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – As Nigeria join the rest of the world to commemorate this year’s AIDS day, the Al-Umma Foundation, an Association of Muslims Women Living With HIV/AIDS in Kaduna, has decried increased number of orphan careers with malnutrition
eader of the Foundation, Hajiya Aisha Usman, disclosed in an interview in Kaduna on Tuesday.
Hajiya Usman who was in company of some of her members called on the State Government, WHO, UNICEF and other AIDS related agencies for a quick intervention.
She further disclosed that majority of the widows and orphans living with the virus find it difficult to eat three square meals.
“Many Muslims women and their orphans living with HIV/AIDS has turned street beggars for sustenance. They move from one Mosque to the other begging for survival.
“Hunger is our major challenge, and as widows we cannot come out to voice our problems for fear of stigmatization,” she said.
According to the Al-Umma leader, Government gives them drugs, but taking daily drugs in an empty stomach does not really help, rather most of them who are carriers would want to be empowered with skills for self reliance.
“The number one killer of our members is mosquitoes not the virus, because malaria is not good for any person living with HIV/AIDS.”
Also, a widow with 3 children who are all positive, said lack of support for widows and orphans living with HIV/AID is worrisome.
Since 1988, the United Nations agencies, governments and civil society organisations together has launched campaigns around specific themes related to AIDS, and
significant progress has been made in the AIDS response, today three in four people living with HIV knows their status.
The theme of this year’s World AIDS Day is “Know Your Status.”

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