Children’s Radio Foundation – Cape Town, South Africa

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Children’s Radio Foundation (CRF), was founded in 2011 in collaboration with Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) and other Civil Society Organizations working in Cape Town, South Africa, a country where the estimated overall HIV prevalence rate is approximately 10.2% of the total Suoth African population.

While anti-retroviral therapy (ART) is available, it has proven difficult to get young people to access treatment and services. In 2010, up to 70% of the eligible youth in Khayelitsha’s clinics were “lost to care” before starting ART, and 60% of these losses occurred immediately after testing HIV positive. Oftentimes, youth only return to the clinic when they are gravely ill, making treatment exceedingly difficult.

In conversation with project partners, community leaders, and HIV positive youth, it was revealed that stigma presented the most significant challenge to youth in accepting and disclosing their HIV status, which made them less eager to access clinic services. While HIV messaging is omnipresent, HIV positive youth argue that there are few platforms for them to speak openly about experiences of living with HIV in ways that reflect the realities and challenges they face. Future Positive utilizes the radio training and broadcast to get young people speaking their experiences with HIV and AIDS.

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