Following the success of our Tiasamale HIV & AIDS project with the 86 people in the Likhubula and Namavu support groups, we are excited to extend it to two more support groups, reaching a further 138 individuals.
The project is being extended to the Traditional Authority Katunga in Chikwawa. We are working with Mtondo support group from the Group Village Headman Kabudula and Tilimbikitsane support group from Village Headman Salumeji.
The activities to be carried out are as follows:
1. Community awareness
Community awareness campaigns will develop greater understanding and reduce stigma. Further, we will lobby for community ownership of project activities and prepare the groundwork for the long term success.
2. House visits and community consultation
We, and local community members, will visit beneficiaries in their homes, targeting people who default on their treatment and those with acute illness, helping to ensure that these people are helped.
3. Provision of farm inputs
The PLWHA will be provided with farm inputs for improved food security at individual and household level. The PLWHA will be provided bags of fertiliser and bags of maize seeds, as well as an array of different vegetable seeds.
4. Procurement of Bicycles
We bought bicycles distributed to Tilimbikitsane Support Group to be used to help people get to clinics where they can access treatment. Bicycles may also be transformed into taxibikes to create an income generating activity. Nyasatimes Article DIN Malawi is working with various Support Groups who are in need of Bicycles for referral services.
5.Conduct a pass-on livestock program
We’ll establish pass-on programme that will benefit those families that are affected by HIV and AIDS. The support groups will start rearing pigs, goats, and chickens. After the livestock reproduce, their young will be distributed to HIV/AIDS affected families who will be the first beneficiaries. They in turn will pass-on to another team of people who will be the second line beneficiaries. The aim of the livestock production is to empower HIV and AIDS affected households with livestock for economic, nutrition and social benefits
- To promote positive living among people living with HIV and AIDS;
- To increase number of PLWHA participating in social and economic activities by supplying livestock & farm inputs;
- To increase access to quality care and treatment for PLWHA in the area by tackling transport issues;
- To provide psychosocial support by providing group counselling and professional training;
- To strengthen networking and collaboration among key stakeholders for improved monitoring and evaluation at community and district level.