Touching lives through mental health interventions

Sarudzai* is a 21 year old young mother who was raised by her aunt in a family of 6. Her mother died when she was 2 years old and she has never met her father. She only went as far as primary school because of epilepsy and her caregiver could not afford to pay for her medication. By the age of 17, Sarudzai had tested HIV positive, lost her daughter, divorced and homeless. Although Sarudzai was initiated on ART in 2014, she never took the medication due to depression. At the age of 18, Sarudzai tried to commit suicide by taking an overdose of her epilepsy medication. She was admitted in the Intensive Care Unit at Parirenyatwa Central hospital for four months and was re initiated on ART. Her h

‘’I never enjoyed my childhood: Their assistance changed the story of my life!’’

The thought of going to school made her feel uncomfortable. Her peers called her names and she had no option but to withdraw to her mother’s house. Tadi* now 16 years lived a miserable childhood she could hardly hear – her ears oozed puss every day of her life. Being a double orphan, her caregivers could not afford the prescribed medication. Her situation only changed the day she met Moreblessing, Zvandiri Community Adolescent Treatment Supporter (CATS) for Hatcliffe in Harare. Tadi had a difficult time growing up, having to accept her HIV status and at the same time manage the discomfort caused by her painful ears. “I never enjoyed my childhood. I could only stay indoors because of the seve

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