Twelve-year-old Kenyan boy Elijah Zachary Lamaiyan Simel on Sunday September 27 moved dignitaries in New York at a UN assembly on ending HIV and Aids by 2030 with a speech entailing how he has survived with the virus.
He received a standing ovation after the speech in which he asked leaders to keep their pledges and work towards ending HIV and Aids by the year 2030.
“Presidents, thank you for making the promise to end Aids by 2030. Please keep your promise,”
From a recent survey by the National Aids Control Council, it shows that almost half a million adolescents in Kenya are HIV positive with Nairobi and Nyanza topping the list of most affected areas.
Uhuru has said that the government is targeting to put 130,000 adolescents on anti-retroviral therapy to reduce child mortality deaths as a result.