HIV AND AIDS AWARENESS
By Sam Kalimba
Malawi Commemorated World Aids Day under the continued theme up to 2016 of ‘Getting to Zero New HIV Infections, Zero AIDS related deaths and zero Discrimination’ at Chamwabvi Primary School Ground, T/A Chilowamatambe in Kasungu.
The event was organised by a National Task Force on HIV/AIDS under the leadership of MANASO and guidance of the Department of HIV and Nutrition in the OPC.
Her Excellency, Dr. Joyce Banda graced the occasion. In her remarks, the President encouraged all people on ART to refuse using the drug that will leave them deformed and request for the new drug that is user friendly.
“ I am happy to hear one woman when viewing the pavilions saying she is positive but she delivered a baby who is negative. That is encouraging and no wonder Malawi keeps on shinning globally in this fight,” she told the people at the venue.
Amakobe Sande, UNAIDS Country Representative also commended Malawi quoting the UNAIDS report that the rate of new infections has reduced by 50% while the mother to child transmission has reduced from 12% to 10% and that generally the deaths related to AIDS has also decreased.
She however indicated that there are 180 people who get infected per day whose 70% is contributed by those in stable relationships. According to UNAIDS, 126 people die of AIDS related diseases per day.
She also noted that HIV testing and treatment for men is still a challenge in Malawi.
Edith Nkawa PS for Nutrition called for decision makers to take part as she noted that it is only those in junior positions who are participating in the fight fully.
TAMA HIV/AIDS INTERVENTIONS REPORT
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