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As one way of ensuring positive coverage of LGBTI stories, CEDEP under the COC Pride Programme in 2010 established a Media Forum taskforce which comprise of journalists from different media houses in Malawi.

The taskforce members meet every year to review the challenges and milestones for that year and share the experiences when covering an LGBTI event or interviewing someone. This year’s review meeting was at Game Haven Lodge in Thyolo District and the COC donor from Netherlands, Bram Langen and the Executive Director of CEDEP, Mr Gift Trapence, participated the meeting.

CEDEP under CISU-Improving the Lives of Transgender People in Malawi project funded by AIDS FONDET organized training workshops for Health Service Providers (HSP) and Law enforcers. The two trainings were conducted concurrently for two days at Linde Motel in Mponela, Dowa district from 22nd June to 23rd June, 2018. The facilitators of the training were from Gender Dynamix trainers from South Africa. Gender Dynamix is the first African based organization solely focusing on the transgender community.

On 5th May, 2018 Centre for the Development of People (CEDEP) awarded two best Human rights Journalists on commemoration of World Press Freedom Day Organized by MISA Malawi at Mount Soche Hotel in Blantyre.

The event brought together all the journalists in the country, the media houses and other stakeholders. The best Human Rights Journalists winners were James Chavula from National Publication Limited (NPL) and Hudson Bisani from Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS).

CEDEP and its partner Fhi360 under Linkages USAID funded project opened Drop In Centers in four districts, namely; Mzuzu, Mangochi, Blantyre and Lilongwe in 2017.

The DICs are used as safe space for the LBGTI members to access services. The following health services are offered at the DICs; HIV Testing, Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) testing and management, Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART) which are provided on weekly basis as an outreach center by the District Health Office. The Drop in centers are also used as information centers.

LGBTI community members can access free internet and reading materials concerning health and human rights. In addition, the centers offers indoor games.

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