Sample Sidebar Module

This is a sample module published to the sidebar_top position, using the -sidebar module class suffix. There is also a sidebar_bottom position below the menu.

Sample Sidebar Module

This is a sample module published to the sidebar_bottom position, using the -sidebar module class suffix. There is also a sidebar_top position below the search.
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As Malawi participates for the first time in a Voluntary National Review of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) implementation, civil society representing the LGBTI community in Malawi takes the opportunity to participate in this process through creating a parallel report. This report highlights issues pertaining to engagement and participation of the LBGTI community in SDG implementation, investment and prioritization of country-level interventions. Through the concept of “leaving no one behind” the report highlights issues on stigma, discrimination, and human rights as they pertain to minorities that include LGBTI community in the national HIV response. Read More

About 1,070,896 people are currently living with HIV in Malawi—with a prevalence rate of 9.2% amongst adults (15–49 years)1. Although progress has been made towards the 90-90-90 targets, only 818,446 (76%) of people living with HIV (PLHIV) have access to ARVs. This means nearly a quarter of PLHIV have no access to lifesaving treatment. We commend the 120% (88% achievement in 2019) increase in the number of viral load tests in Q4 but would still like to note that the overall viral load testing is low. The program needs to provide a viral load test for every person living with HIV on treatment. Lost to follow up rates are high due to lack of accessibility of healthcare services, poor attitudes and lack of information from healthcare workers, and challenges with psycho-social and other support. In 2018, 13,000 people died of AIDS related illnesses—and a further 38 000 acquired HIV. Malawi has a significant TB/HIV co-infection rate. 48% of people with TB also have HIV. 16% of individuals newly initiated on ART start treatment with advanced HIV disease. READ MORE

Hundreds of women across African continent converged in Johannesburg, South Africa on 4th to 8th November, 2019 for Africa Women in Dialogue (AFWID) Conference. The event was organized by the Zanele Mbeki Development Trust under the banner “Women’s Voice and Power as Agents of Change”. Centre for the Development of People (CEDEP) beneficiaries who self-identifies as LBT women were part of the conference. Three representatives from Mzuzu, Lilongwe and Blantyre districts attended the conference.

LGBT people are not a homogenous population. The acronyms LGBT or LGBTI (“I” for intersex1) group individuals together based on similar experiences of discriminatory treatment in society because they fall outside of social norms about sexuality and gender, due to their sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and/or sex characteristics. While this is helpful to analyse the consequences of marginalization, it is important not to assume that individuals under this umbrella acronym necessarily have similar experiences or needs. In fact, individual experiences differ greatly across the populations covered under the acronym. Thus, the populations represented by each individual letter in the acronym are complex and heterogeneous, even more so when differences in race, age, ability, religion, culture, socioeconomic class, and geographic location are also taken into account. In this report, we use the acronym LGBTI in order to point to similar experiences of stigma, marginalization and discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics in heteronormative societal frameworks. However, frequently we disaggregate this umbrella into its constituent groups in order to highlight specific characteristics and differences. READMORE

Peer Navigators in Kasungu have agreed to venture into farming together with their clients as one way of fighting nutritional challenges among Men having Sex with Men (MSM) on ARVs in the district. The decision to venture into farming was made upon finishing Peer Navigators Training conducted in May by Centre for the Development of People (CEDEP) and Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights Africa Trust (SAT) in Salima District. At the training, one of the topics was ‘Nutrition’ and this opened up the eyes of the Peer Navigators who saw the need for combating nutrition for those taking ARV’s but they cannot afford nutritious food.

Meanwhile, the Peer Navigators have already started farming and selling vegetables.