The Coordinator of Highlands Hope of Tanzania, Betty Liduke, has prepared minutes of the last meeting of Highlands Hope of Tanzania, coinciding this year with World AIDS Day.
HIGHLANDS HOPE TANZANIA
NURSE COUNSELOR MEETING REPORT
1ST DECEMBER, 2007
Evangelista Kayombo PMCTC Counselor Ikonda Hospital (Chair of Highlands Hope of Tanzania)
Charles Mhagama Counselor/HBC Ikonda Hospital
Leonia Samlongo Counselor/HBC Ikonda Hospital
Maria Mahenge PMCTC Counselor Ikonda Hospital
Sixberta Manga PMCTC Counselor Ikonda Hospital
Potania Mfuse PMCTC Counselor Ikonda Hospital
Optatus Mwalongo DCT Counselor Ikonda Hospital
Evelina Madunda PMCTC Counselor Ikonda Hospital
Onolina Mahenge VCT Counselor Ikonda Hospital
Rose Msigala Counselor/HBC Ikonda Hospital
Elekia Msigwa Counselor/HBC Tanwat Hospital
Sylivie Lambert Nurse Mcgill University
Annahilda Mtega ART/Counselor Tanwat Hospital
Betty Liduke Nurse Counselor Tanwat Hospital
Tasilo Mdamu Student/Counselor Iringa PHC
Opening of the meeting
Reading of past minutes
Matters arise from past minutes
Theme of the day ORHANS AND HIV/AIDS
Discussion after the topic
Closing of the meeting
The meeting was been opened by the chairperson who thanked all members for coming. She said, "Today is a very special day to HHT counselors as is the AIDS day and having special wonderful day to meet again to discuss on Children rights especially Orphans/HIV/AIDS ."
READING OF THE PAST MEETING
One of the members read the minutes and members who were present at the past meeting agreed and blessed the minutes.
MATTER ARISE FROM PAST MINUTES REPORT
- Members agreed that those who are not going to pay the contribution as we have been agreed before are not live members so every one has to pay to be live and good member.
- Constitutions should be given to those who have paid their contribution
- Ikonda nurse counselor who are not yet under gone computer training are supposed to find a place where they can use as a class and HHT to buy one desk top computer for the use at the class and practice. Rose Sigala a nurse counselor of Ikonda was nominated to work on the issue and give report to the HHT coordinator.
THEME OF THE DAY
ORPHANS/HIV/AIDS AND THEIR RIGHTS
Chairperson gave report on bank account that the account is not yet opened due to miscommunication from PIUMA nurse counselor but all members insisted that the account must be opened there is no need of waiting.
Members also discussed on the topic of the next meeting which they agreed together after long discussion to have the topic of FACTORS CONTRIBUTES ON THE COUPLES ONE TO BE NEGATIVE AND OTHER TO BE POSITIVE.
Chairperson closed the meeting by thanking all the members for their good participation during the meeting and she insisted by saying "UNITY" is the only thing to make the network grow and work smoothly. And last but not least, she announced the date of the next meeting 1st March, 2008, if God wishes.
THEME: ORPHANS/ HIV/AIDS AND THEIR RIGHTS
TOPIC: MANAGEMENT OF ORPHANAGE CHILD
FACILITATOR: BETTY B. LIDUKE
TO CREATE AWARENESS OF GOOD QUALITY OF CARE TO ORPHANS
TO HELP COUNSELORS TO KNOW ORPHANS RIGHTS AND THEIR NEEDS
MEANING OF THE WORDS
CHILD: 1. An individual who has not reached the age of puberty
2. An individual between the toddling stage and adolescence
3. An individual under 18 years of age
- Child who lost both parents
- Child who lost one parent
What are rights?
Rights tell you what you can do in society and what other people should do for you.
Rights tell you how other people must act towards you.
What are duties or responsibilities?
Duties or responsibilities tell you how you must act towards other people
In order to have rights, you have the duty to respect the rights of other people. And other people have a duty to respect your rights also
- Governments have the duty to provide schools
- Parents have the duty to educate their children
- Children have the right to be educated
- Teachers have the duty to teach well
- Children have the duty to study hard
Why do children need special rights and care?
All human beings have rights. All members of the United Nations agree that human beings have equal rights without regard to their nationality, sex, colour, race, language, religion or any other status.
Children's rights need special protection and care because children are mentally and physically young.
Many children also live in difficulty conditions. These children need extra care and help.
Orphans children needs to grow up in a family where there is happiness, love and understanding. Orphans children need peace, dignity, acceptance, freedom, equality, and support. Children need all of these rights to help them to grow up to become adults who will contribute to a good society.
What are the children rights?
The many different children's rights stated in the convention can be organized into four different groups
RIGHT TO SURVIVE
These are all children basic needs, including the right to food, shelter, health and a reasonable standard of living.
RIGHT TO DEVELOP
These are all the things children need to develop physically, mentally, spiritually and morally.
RIGHT TO PROTECTION
These rights allow children to be protected from many things including violence, neglect, sexual abuse, torture and improper use of children labour .
RIGHT TO PLAY A PART OF SOCIETY
This means having freedom to express opinions and to be included in decisions that affect children. It means freedom to form groups or clubs and freedom to obtain information from different sources.
- Community has a big responsibility of caring orphans like other children
- Community responsibility to make sure orphans children are getting their basic needs like education, Health, Food, Shelter and clothing
- Community responsibility is to plan how they can help orphans children together with continuous plan of projects.
RIGHTS OF ORPHANAGE CHILDREN
- Live-------- kuishi
- Security---- kulindwa
- Loved ------ kupendwa
- Developed - kuendelezwa
- Information - kupata taarifa sahihi mbalimbali na kushirikishwa
- Independence/decision - kupewa uhuru na nafasi ya kuamua
- Not to be stigmatized - kutobaguliwa
- Play -- kupewa muda wa kucheza
- Time to rest - kupewa muda wa kupumzika
Since 1991 Tanzania government has made a lot of progress towards promoting and protecting the right of children.
However, Tanzania still has a long way to go towards fulfilling children's rights. Many children in Tanzania still do not ha all their rights respected. The government with our help must keep working hard to improve this situation.
LET US ALL TOGETHER PROMOTE AND PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF ALL CHILDREN ESPECIALLY ORPHANS CHILDREN LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS.