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The Research Department

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The Research Department is the hub of information and knowledge generation and management. In order to validate CEDEP’s quest for improvement of lives for LGBTI, research is instrumental in the provision of the most needed information to stakeholders.

CEDEP in collaboration with Johnhopkins University and College of Medicine conducted its first MSM Study in 2008 where it established the first MSM HIV Prevalence in Malawi. In 2012 the organization conducted a Needs Assessment Study. The aim of the study was to accumulate evidence of experiences of MSM and Women who have Sex with other Women (WSW) with respect to health, social care and Human Rights Violations with an aim of establishing a Comprehensive Needs Assessment Report for the better program implementation.

A booklet entitled “Human Rights Violations on the basis of real or perceived sexual orientation and Gender in Malawi” was published in 2014. This report documented evidence that puts a human face to ongoing abuses of sexual minorities that violate both the Malawi’s Constitution and standards set by the international Human Rights Instruments to which Malawi is state party. The second version of this booklet was published in 2015.

A notable mile stone in its research work was when in 2015, CEDEP and its partners College of Medicine and Department of Nutrition HIV and AIDS released a study report that provided not only population estimates for MSM, but more importantly HIV Prevalence and socio-behavioral characteristics associated with Men Who Have Sex with Men in Malawi.

This was a ground-breaking study as it was commissioned by the government of Malawi with support from UNDP. The results of the study strengthened Malawi’s concept paper to the Global Fund, leading its success and subsequent awarding of the grant. In 2017 CEDEP in partnership with College of Medicine and Department of Nutrition HIV and AIDS conducted Access to sexual and reproductive health services (SRHS) Study.

The overall goal of this study was to identify barriers and facilitators of access to SRHS among Transgender Women (TGWs), Female Sex Workers (FSW) and people who Inject Drugs (PIDs) in nine districts in Malawi. This is the first such study on PIDs ever conducted in Malawi. In the same year (2017) CEDEP partnered with University of North Carolina Project and implemented a Mapping Exercise Research.

The purpose of the study was to document gaps in services to key populations and provide information on where services are needed. Programmatic mapping is a useful tool for planning services to key populations. It also provides size estimates of key populations at a local level in a way that can be used to plan the improvement of service delivery. Programmatic mapping has been used in epidemiology for many years and in HIV prevention since the beginning of the epidemic. In 2018 CEDEP plans to implement another study entitled “Evidence for LGBTI mental health and wellbeing in Malawi.

This is a participatory, community-based needs assessment whose aim is to assess barriers to mental healthcare and specific mental health concerns among the LGBTI. This department continues to research more on new knowledge. Also, the department ensures that information is always available to enable other departments make informed decisions on coming up with new programs or reprogramming their interventions. Documentation of project reports, lessons learnt, case studies through its Monitoring and Evaluation and Communications offices, the Research Department generates and makes handy information needed by the organization, donors and its partners.