LIMODZI TINGATHE HIV/AIDS PROJECT (LITHAP)
HIV/AIDS has spread rapidly in Africa because people in villages think they cannot contract the virus. This includes Malawi which is at the pace of 12% HIV prevalence rate. In this document we are looking on the effects of the pandemic in Balaka which is so far locking 14% HIV prevalence rate.
This is so because Balaka district is a crossroads of business, trade industry, cultures and moral values. People from different walks of life come for business, commercial sex work, Transport industry, entertainment and recreation and eventually they may engages themselves in un-safe sexual practices, which has promoted the spread of HIV in the district. People in the community of the East, Central and the North part of Balaka are more affected by the impact of the spread of HIV and AIDS because they are closer to the town centre and most of the promiscuous activity is done in theses parts of Balaka.
Chinansi Foundation for Rural Development (CHIFORD) has been implementing the Limodzi Tingathe HIV/AIDS Project in the area of Sub T/A Sawali. CHINANSI has been working in Sub T/A Sawali in Balaka district as the areas are closer to the busy growing town of Balaka. All peer groups are affected by the spread of HIV and the most worrisome are the young females who provide the commercial sex. Some end up dropping out of school in order to get the fast and easy money from the commercial sex-industry.
Project Aims and Objectives
The project is aimed at contributing towards combating of HIV/AIDS by improving the quality of life of affected and infected people through prevention and advocacy. It is expected that the project shall run for a period of two years effective from time of grant disbursement.
The Overall Objective of the Project is to contribute towards improvement of quality of life of infected and affected people by providing advocacy and prevention initiatives.
Specifically the Project builds community capacities in HIV/AIDS management, lobby and advocate for change of attitude, tradition, beliefs, cultural policies in the context of HIV/AIDS, peer education to all levels of the target community; sensitise the community on the dangers of HIV and provide information relevant for the different peer groups in the targeted communities; fight the issue of stigma and discrimination and promote the use of condoms as a means for safer sex.
The Activities have included identification, hiring and orientation of Project staff; training of peer educators; training the custodians of the cultural rites; community sensitisation; open day meetings; monitoring review meetings; education campaign against stigma and discrimination; advocacy meetings and establishments of mobile HTC clinics; improve the existing workplace HIV/AIDS policy and monitoring and evaluation of the progress and impact of the activity.