14-Year-Old Girl Takes on HIV/AIDS Fight in Uganda

 

Moro talking to her peers about behaviour change.

Moro, a 14-year-old girl in Uganda, has managed to set up a HIV/AIDS education project, Advice for Change, mainly targeting youth living in the slums. Moro,is a student at Kairos High School in Bukasa, lives in Acholi Quarters, near Kampala, Uganda. “I set up this project, mainly to create awareness about HIV/AIDS, such that people may know how to prevent themselves from getting the disease and how they should get medication once they are infected,” Moro said. “The project also encourages people living with the disease to live without fear because it is not the end of the world since they are still needed by the community,” she said. She adds that the project has helped youth become self-confident and express themselves in the community and bring up different kinds of ideas concerning HIV/AIDS. She started the project, she said, because HIV/AIDS is one of the reasons why there are many orphans in the world, and if one is taught how to prevent HIV/AIDS, it will reduce the number of orphans in Uganda. Her focus at present is young people from the ages of 13 to 15, but she also looks forward to starting to work with adults in the coming year. AIDS has personally touched her life. “My aunt died from HIV/AIDS because she was not aware of what to do, and she was afraid of taking ARVs,” Moro said. “I was hurt and seeing her children’s suffering hurts more because they do not have anyone to look after them. “When one loses his or her parent, they will remain lonely. This can affect the child’s future as well.” The young had donors when the project started in August 2011, but since they did not have enough funding, and the donors  pulled out.
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