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On Saturday 17th November, 2018 Center for the Development of People (CEDEP), accompanied by 25 Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LBTI) members paid a visit at the Children’s Ward 2B at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) in Lilongwe. The visit, was part of CEDEP’s Corporate Social Responsibility, intended to cheer the children who were admitted at the hospital with various ailments, as well as bring hope to their guardians. After verbal encouragements, CEDEP

The Media Task force on Minority Rights says things have changed in the country since the campaign for sexual minority rights started some eight years ago.

The group’s secretary Dalitso Chimwala said this in Liwonde, Machinga on Sunday during the review of the Media Strategic Plan for Sexual Minorities in Malawi formulated in 2013. He said; “Although the LGBTI [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex] community still lives in fear, there have been some positive signs from government. There is need to continue recognising them so that they live in freedom just like everyone else.” Chimwala urged the media to report extensively on sexual minority rights so that people understand the issues

At first, it was just another meeting where people share ideas on rights of minority groups. But when a real life experience was narrated by a troubled mother with an intersex child, each of the participants, who included chiefs, lawyers, the clergy and a member of Parliament (MP) from various parts  of the country, got emotional and started to talk solutions.

To the woman, the presence of these opinion leaders was an opportunity to have her case recorded for action. Like a trained orator, she perfectly summarised, what she said was a long story into a short, but striking narrative.

The household enumeration exercise has ignited debate on intersex

And if she planned to make participants emotional and empathetic, she absolutely achieved this goal—the room was quiet with faces focused on her while some heads swung both vertically and horizontally-a sign that they were following.

MSMs high HIV infections: ticking bomb

Unreal as it may sound, Elias contracted HIV from the male partner he has been in a sexual relationship with.

He says it all began when he contracted a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) and visited a public health facility.

“The health worker I met told me to strip so he could see. I lay on the examination bed and heard him calling a friend to come and see ‘mwikho’ (an abomination). I was helpless because I wanted assistance,” he recalls. Read more


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