The Peer Advisory Board conducted their first meeting of the year on the 18th of this month. Its membership is made up of one child representing their support group/community.PAB is there to cater for children’s wellbeing, children who are in support groups. Their (PAB) job is to find out whether there are any querries, likes or suggestions by children.
Due to various commitments PAB was not having its update meetings hence the call for a structured and functional board. The board cited many issues which include:
- pillbox distribution helping children adhere to their medication
- children love the educational books at support group and are hoping for more
- the topics, discussions and information shared at the support groups is easy to apply and also helping their fellow peers going through difficulties
- the fact that there are child leaders at the group meets make it easy for another child to relate, relay whatever
- there should be youth groups to cater for teenagers
- most children are afraid of attending support groups in their communities due to discrimination
- follow up on children who are out of school and develop their skill and talent
- All members agreed that support groups have made it easy to interact and communicate with each other.
PAB also passed a rule that if any of their members miss 3 meetings he/she is permanently
removed and someone from the same community will be handpicked for the position.
There was a call for a strong leadership thus the following positions emerged- Chairperson, vice Chairperson, Committee member, Advocacy and information Chairperson, Treatment Care and Support Chairperson, Secretary.