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Virginia Palmer (C) with with representatives of Capital Radio Virginia Palmer (C) with with representatives of Capital Radio Image by Capital FM

PEPFAR Joins Forces With Malawian Organisations To Fight HIV And AIDS

Written by  Written By Madalitso PHIRI Mar 21, 2017

The fight against the HIV pandemic is expected to be enhanced following the awarding of MK 98.5 million to eleven organisations by the U.S. government.

This is through the US Ambassador’s President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Small Grants Program. 

The organisations, including Capital Radio, will be working in eight districts across Malawi.

Speaking to representatives from the organisations that received grants, the US Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer said, through these projects, they hope to reach those most at risk.

These include adolescent girls and young women, female sex workers, prisoners and other vulnerable groups.

This will be achieved through targeted interventions and comprehensive care. 

Palmer added that the United States will continue to support the people – and government – of Malawi to reach the 90-90-90 targets and ultimately achieve an AIDS-free generation.

According to Palmer, this year, PEPFAR seeks to provide support to Community Based Organizations (CBOs), Faith Based Organizations (FBOs), and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs).

 These are organisations that work with communities in ensuring increased access to HIV counselling and Testing (HTC), strengthening linkages to health facilities for equitable access to HIV prevention, treatment and care services.

To add on that they also ensure coordination of communities and community health workers for awareness, stigma reduction, demand creation and adherence to               Anti Retroviral Treatment (ART) services.

The PEPFAR Small Grants Program is a program under the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan of AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) that funds small and innovative community driven projects in Malawi. 

For the past five years, it has provided grants totaling over MK 370 million to CBO’s and NGO’s that work to fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic. 

Since the PEPFAR program began in Malawi in 2006, the U.S. has invested more than $640 million to combat HIV and AIDS. 

Some of the projects that the program supports are those implemented by the Ministry of Health, district level health offices, civil societies, health facilities and hospitals.

 

 

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