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Tanzania must end HIV ‘red ribbon’ stigma in schools

Headline Title:  Tanzania must end HIV ‘red ribbon’ stigma in schools 16 March 2012 The reported decision by several Tanzanian schools to force HIV-positive pupils to wear red ribbons to class has prompted Amnesty International to caution against stigmatization of those suffering from the disease.The headmaster at one of the schools in the Kibaha district says it was done at the parents’ request to excuse sick children from strenuous activities.“The suggestion that forcing HIV-positive children to wear red ribbons will protect them is ludicrous,” said Michael Bochenek, Amnesty International’s…

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