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WUSC Improves Lives of HIV Positive Women

MCHINJI: The lives of women living with HIV and AIDS in Mchinji are set to improve after receiving donation of K200,000 from the World University Service of Canada (WUSC).

The donation was made to two groups through the Coalition for Women and Girls Living with HIV and AIDS (COWLHA), a local NGO that strives to uplift the lives of HIV positive women and girls.

The groups will invest the money in peanut butter production and tailoring in a bid to generate income to enable them live better lives.

As one of tobacco growing countries, COWLHA observes that most tobacco farmers opt for multiple sex partners after selling their crop hence the high HIV prevalence in tobacco growing districts like Mchinji.

“Tobacco farmers have a lot of money to use at once and they go out with school girls and sex workers this behavior increases cases of HIV and AIDS,” said Mrs. Lezina Cham’maluwa chairperson of Dambe COWLHA group which received a K100, 000.

To this effect, WUSC Country Director Mr. Jacob Mapemba observed that most people in Malawi have not fully embraced voluntary HIV testing and counseling.

“Having HIV and AIDS is not the end of life. I would like to ask people in the country to embrace a culture of going for HIV testing,” said Mr. Mapemba

Malawi has a HIV prevalence rate of 11 percent and Mchinji is one of the districts that has high prevalence rate in the country.—Zodiak Online


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