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First Lady divides opinion for ‘exposing’ faces of children born of HIV positive mothers

The online community has expressed mixed reactions over pictures shared by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta that exposed the faces of children who are seronegative, born of HIV positive mothers.

The First Lady on June 13 hosted the Beyond Zero Summit that saw advocates, champions and partners come together at the Moi International Sports Centre.

The Beyond Zero Campaign was initiated in January 2014 and its key pillars include the elimination of mother to child HIV transmission.

The event culmination was when 250 babies accompanied by their mothers formed a match-past on the dais to salute Ms Kenyatta.

“It is also encouraging to see the children sitting here who provide clear testimony that access to health services even in remote, hard to reach locations is possible,” said the First Lady after seeing the babies .

However, the matter did not settle well with some members of the public as they felt it was insensitive for the faces of the children to be exposed publicly. And this might result to stigmatization of the babies.