Kenyan activists want HIV lists destroyed

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Human rights activists have gone to court to get Kenya’s government to destroy data which lists children who are HIV positive, reports BBC News. They argue it violates the constitution that prohibits the recording of details about people living with HIV.

Kenya’s president ordered the collection of the data in February, to help the provision of health services. Children were required to list their names, schools, guardians and relatives possibly affected by their condition.

Activist groups Kenya Legal and Ethical Issues Network (Kelin), Children of God Relief Institute (Nyumbani) and two other parties jointly filed the petition.

According to the UN, more than 1.6m people are living with HIV in Kenya, including 190,000 children aged 14 and under. The activists fear the process used in collecting the data could push back the fight against stigmatisation.

The directive also requested that personal information be collected for pregnant women with HIV.

Full BBC News report

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