TRANSFORMING THE FACE OF HIV/AIDS IN MALAWI, AFRICA

HIV PREVENTION

Preventing new HIV in Malawi's youth has been central to our work. Our Action for Behavior Change program works in 40 schools, reaching thousands of youth with HIV prevention knowledge, as well as life-skills training. With a special focus on girls' rights, the program equips them with the skills they need to have an HIV-free generation.

HIV TESTING AND COUNCELING

Improving access to testing and counseling for HIV not only provides an entry-point to AIDS treatment for those who test HIV positive; it also provides a 'teachable moment' in HIV prevention for those who test HIV negative.

AIDS TREATMENT AND SUPPORT

Without treatment, up to 40% of AIDS patients will not live a year. We offer free treatment with the life-saving antiretroviral medicines (ARVs) which can drop this rate to 5%, allowing patients to return to work, to involvement in their community and to raising their children. Our holistic, family-centered approach targets the whole family with medical treatment, supporting counseling and nutritional support combined with improved agricultural skills.

ACCOMPLISHED TO DATE

-100+ peer educators trained
-Thousands of students reached in 40 schools
-Tikambe Youth Center opens, offering 'youth friendly' HIV testing
-New infections declining in youth


-1000+ tested every month
-13 outreach community testing sites
-Assisting with national training program for counselors

-"Thandizo" 15-bed In-Patient Ward opened Janaury, 2010
-3000 AIDS patients on treatment
-"Moyo" Clinic completes expansion
-3 outreach clinics in rural areas
-Awarded 'Certificate of Excellence' by the Ministry of Health
-Therapeutic feeding program improves recovery in malnourished patients
-Gardening program trains patients in growing a healthy diet