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Malawian Organisations To End Discrimination of People Living With HIV Image sourced at faceofmalawi.com

Malawian Organisations To End Discrimination of People Living With HIV

Written by  Written By Norbert MZEMBE Feb 23, 2017

The Malawi Network of Aids Service Organisation MANASO has embarked on a campaign to combat discrimination against people living with HIV and AIDS in Malawi.

This is expected to be achieved by sensitising communities in Karonga on the importance of associating with such people.

According to MANASO Board Chairperson, Silent Mtambo, the organisation sees to it that people living with HIV have their rights protected from any form of violation.

Mtambo said they are training member organisations and other Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) working in the field of HIV and AIDS, human rights and other related activities.

"As MANASO, a network of over 925 members in Malawi, we know that together we can end AIDS by the year 2030 that's why we chose to begin such trainings across the country," said the board chairperson.

The acting district AIDS Coordinator, Clement Chunga admitted that cases of discrimination against people living with HIV and AIDS are high in Karonga due to lack of knowledge on how HIV is transmitted.

He said Karonga district being situated along the lake shore, many youths are involved in unprotected sexual activities resulting to high spread of the virus that causes AIDS.

Chunga added that high levels of poverty in the district have become men's trap to entice young girls to sleep with them in exchange of money which consequently makes them contract HIV.

He further explained that MANASO will help a lot in eradicating discriminatory conduct and the spread of the pandemic which is very high among the youth in the district.

According to the Demographic Health Survey (DHS) conducted in 2012, Karonga district has a general HIV prevalence rate of 9.1% and about 6% prevalence rate among the youths basing on the report finds from Karonga district hospital.

 

This implies that in the northern region, Karonga district stands second from Nkhata Bay district on HIV prevalence rate.

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