NGO: ARVs Affect Pupils' Academic Performance

A NGO warns that while ARVs are prolonging lives, the side-effects may slow down some patients’ academic development

Yabonga, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) assisting HIV-positive children, says while antiretrovirals (ARV) are prolonging lives, the side-effects may slow down some patients’ academic development.
 
Yabonga counsels about 1 000 Cape Town children, some as young as five, who have HIV/AIDS, the organisation also runs various programmes including educational workshops and trauma counselling for HIV-positive kids.
 
The NGO’s centre manager, Emily Rudolph, states that they have noticed that some children develop challenges in class - young patients become sluggish, and as a result repeat grades.
 
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