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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.

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.

Centre for Development of the People (Cedep) has called on the police, health workers and social welfare officers in Chikwawa to fully support the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community when seeking out their services.The call was made on Friday during a three-day workshop aimed at equipping the district's service providers with skills and breaking structural barriers facing the key populations.

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

The three-year KP REACH programme comes to its conclusion at the end of 2018. PV’s role over this time has been to provide capacity strengthening support to four ‘key population’ (KP) networks and deliver REAct and the Key Correspondent (KC) initiatives, drawing on its particular and unique approach to partnership and accompaniment. PV’s primary way of working is to facilitate the co-creation and delivery of effective programmes and interventions to achieve mutual goals—including contributing to long-term impact at the level of individuals, organisations, communities, service providers, and at a higher level, improved development practice and just, constructive national policy.


The focus for the delivery of REAct in particular has been on improving the use of data collection/evidence, findings, knowledge management, and the scaling up and duplication of best practice for more responsive national-level programming and policies. Read More