World AIDS Day in Malawi a Huge Success
On the December 1, 2008, The Hunger Project-Malawi joined the rest of the world in commemorating this year's World AIDS Day. The theme for this year remained the same as the year before: "Stop AIDS, Keep the Promise" with emphasis on leadership to lead, empower and deliver.
This year, The Hunger Project-Malawi participated at the district level in the Ntcheu District at the Champiti Epicenter. The choice of the site was made by the District Local Assembly. The Hunger Project, together with Banja La Mtsogolo (BLM) and many other different government departments, were in the forefront of organizing the event together with the Champiti community.
The World Aids Day Commemoration was marked by exhibitions from different participating groups from community-based organizations, BLM and The Hunger Project's HIV/AIDS animators, who performed dramas, songs, poems and talks. The performances presented important messages on ARV treatments, Voluntary Counseling and Training, Home-Based Care (HBC) programs, stigma and discrimination, the role of Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) and on seeking legal redress in the face of abuse. A group of youth also gave a touching performance on HIV prevention through abstinence. Afterward, two PLWHIV (one man and one woman) provided testimonies on positive living. During the presentations, BLM and The Hunger Project mounted exhibition stands displaying their activities.
Voluntary Counseling and Training (VCT) was also provided in the epicenter clinic on the day in collaboration with the DHO Ntcheu.
Representatives from BLM and The Hunger Project made speeches on their commitment in the fight against the pandemic. Community leaders from Champiti, as the guests of honor, made a speech on the role of leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
The event was made possible through the financial support of Oxfam Novib (Netherlands), EBF and The Hunger Project.
Photos from other Hunger Project World AIDS Day Events