It is 11:00 a.m. at the antiretroviral therapy (ART) unit of Gandhi Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Women have been arriving slowly over the last two hours for their monthly coffee ceremony discussion. The reception area is transformed—condoms and pamphlets swept off the table to make way for a colorful tablecloth and a bowl of flowers. Popcorn is popping, coffee brewing, and the aromas of coffee, popcorn, and incense mingle in the air. Smiles appear on the women’s faces as they enter the room and rekindle their monthly friendships.
More than a symbolic action, really listening to children about their needs helps shape decision-making in support of orphans and vulnerable children in Zimbabwe. Susan Kajura, director of the Children First program there shares some small scale actions yielding big positive results.
Main messages from the CCABA (Coalition on Children Affected by AIDS) – a two day symposium with most of the major players in the OVC sector participating.