Masalila Takes Up Fight Against Stigma

FRANCISTOWN: If there is anything that will make Francinah Masalila more content, it would be to see HIV-positive people in this country living self-assured lives free from stigma.

The daring 38-year-old mother of five tested HIV positive ten years ago when she was only 28 years old and for her, this was a crucial turning point in her life. She said contracting the virus has given her a chance to retract her steps on life - from a reckless life of endless partying and drinking - to a life of positive living and HIV/AIDS activism.

When The Monitor visited her at her house in Monarch location, she told of her commitment in tackling the daunting challenges faced in the battle against HIV/AIDS as well as striving to shake the foundations of the stigma that societal stereotypes have placed on people living with HIV over the years.

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Parents should be more proactive in children’s lives

Parents need to pay particular attention to their children to ensure they grow up in a healthy environment that supports their development and mental health. Healthy attachments between parents and children foster strong bonds, creating a solid foundation for future leaders.In many African cultures, there is a common perception that parents should use a stick to discipline naughty children. While disciplining children is important, it is equally...

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