Aids: Parents, children to sign contracts

The National Aids Control Commission (CNLS) is set to start a parent-child HIV/Aids contract aimed at reducing the prevalence rate among the youth aged between 15 and 17 years.

The National Aids Control Commission (CNLS) is set to start a parent-child HIV/Aids contract aimed at reducing the prevalence rate among the youth aged between 15 and 17 years.

This was disclosed early this week at the third annual National Paediatric Conference on Children infected and affected by HIV/Aids at Prime Holdings Conference Centre.

Nicholas Niyongabo, the CNLS Programme Development Officer, said that children who are focused and have vision towards a bright future are least likely to involve themselves in sexual behaviours that could led them to get infected with the virus.

“Parents should identify what their children want to become in the future and try to work together towards achieving it,” he said.

Discussing with children the challenges of life and assuring them through written contract that you are ready to help them go through them could reduce the problem of HIV/Aids, he said. The Executive Secretary of CNLS, Dr Agnes Binagwaho, (above) blamed lazy parents who don’t mind about what their children will eat and become in future.

“Becoming a sex worker is not a habit but in most cases it’s brought by the hash conditions of not having the basic necessities that the youth are experiencing,” she said.

She said that a parent who gives the child guarantee of providing whatever required by them could reduce on prevalence rate among the youth that claims a bigger percentage of the population.
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