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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

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.

Government of Malawi through Ministry Of Health has been steady in scaling up HIV prevention, treatment and care services, with the aim to promote access to HIV services by the Key population. In order to achieve access to HIV Testing Services [HTS], CEDEP through Linkages Project with funding from USAID, Supported Mzimba North District Health Office for this intervention specifically, targeting hard to reach Men who have Sex with Men and Transgender people through distributions of HIV self-testing kits. HIV self-testing is process where by a person who wants to know his /her HIV status collect specimen, perform rapid test and interpret the results in private.

Before HIV Self-testing distributions interventions, some Men having Sex with Men (MSM) and Transgender (TG) reached with HIV prevention messages were shunning HTS services from health facilities due to self-stigma, discrimination and long distances to access the services. However, with the introduction of HIV Self-Testing distributions, there has been an increased number of hard to reach MSM/TG to know their status in their community.

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.

The CEDEP Health department operationalises the organization’s Strategic goal number 1; thus, Improve HIV and Health Related Services for LGBTI. The overall goal of this strategic intervention area is to contribute towards reaching zero new HIV infections, zero stigma and discrimination, zero HIV related deaths and reduction of other sexually transmitted infections among sexual minorities in Malawi. CEDEP realizes that without the involvement of the LGBTI and the other Key Population groups in the 95:95:95 campaign in Malawi, it will be difficult to attain these 2030 targets. The organization is aiming at increased availability and accessibility of friendly health services for LGBTI and other vulnerable groups.

This report therefore, highlights the contribution made by the department of Health to the organization’s strategic goals in the period between January 1 and August 31, 2019. It records key activities and achievements made by the department in all the three strategic objectives and summarizes barriers to implementation, suggested solutions and key lessons in the period under review. In these eight months, the department’s efforts towards achieving the three strategic objectives rested on three projects that CEDEP is implementing in twelve districts, namely; Linkages, Global Fund and Gateway.

The Linkages Project is being implemented with funding from USAID through FHI360 in Lilongwe, Blantyre, Mangochi and Mzuzu districts. Read More

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