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Redefining Child Rights Within a Cultural Framework in Era of HIV and AIDS: Engaging Communities in Exploratory Dialogue: Meeting Report, Holiday Inn, Crown Plazza, 14 February 2008

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Harare, SAfAIDS, 2008

A report on the meeting organised and conducted by SAfAIDS and its partners on the 14th of February 2008, at Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza. The purpose of the meeting was to brief partners on a new project on `Redefining Child Rights within a Cultural Framework in the Era of HIV and AIDS’. During the meeting SAfAIDS identified its primary partner Uzumba Orphan Trust in Uzumba Maramba Pfungwe district, to implement the project in Mashonaland East Province within 12 months. The activities to be undertaken included a baseline survey, community dialogues with both adults and children. The information generated from the community dialogues would be used for the development of a hand book for training trainers as well as the communities on a redefined child rights model within a cultural framework in the era of HIV/AIDS. In addition, a comic book would be developed for children under the age of 8. The meeting emphasized the need for partnership especially in OVC programming and it highlighted areas which infringe on the rights of children. The recommendations which were put forward were on how to maintain partnerships and uphold the extended family structure in the fight against HIV/AIDS.