The Bravest Boy I know
This book features two eight-year olds living in Africa: a girl called Kayla and a boy called Kendi. Kendi is living with HIV, but seems as happy as any other child. The story focuses on their carefree life at school, at home and in the countryside. The book also discusses Kendi’s feelings about being unwell sometimes, and about his mum’s support when he takes medicine. Kendi is full of dreams and imagination, and has worked out how to deal with the challenges that come with living with HIV. And Kayla adores him, describing him as the “Bravest boy I know”. The book is available in versions adapted for:other languages and is also available as a YouTube video.
A discussion guide is also available.
This book won first prize in the Popular Medicine category of the British Medical Association (BMA) Book Awards in 2015.
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- Toolkit for Transition of Care and Other Services for Adolescents Living with HIV
- Adolescent HIV Testing, Counselling and Care
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- Reduction of HIV-related Stigma and Discrimination
- Adolescents Living with HIV (ALHIV) Toolkit
- Consolidated Guideline on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of Women Living with HIV
- Positive Connections: Leading Information and Support Groups for Adolescents Living with HIV
- Driving the HIV response: Community Guide to the WHO 2013 Consolidated Guidelines on the Use of Antiretroviral Drugs for Treating and Preventing HIV Infection
- Guidance for the Prevention of Sexually Transmitted HIV Infections
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