Malawi’s response to HIV and AIDS has been hailed as a global epitome of hope that one day the war against the epidemic shall be won.
Minister of Health, Honourable Dr Peter Kumpalume made the remarks in Lilongwe on Thursday, November 12, when he opened a two-day long HIV and AIDS Research and Best Practices Dissemination Conference.
“Against all odds, amidst resource constraints, Malawi adopted and implemented Option B+ where all HIV-positive pregnant women, regardless of their CD4 Count, are initiated on antiretroviral therapy.
The National AIDS Commission (NAC) has handed over hi-technology research equipment to the Department of Chemistry at Chancellor College in Zomba for testing the efficacy of traditional medicine.
The research equipment is part of the grant agreement between NAC and the National Commission for Science and Technology in collaboration with Chancellor College, College of Medicine, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, National Herbarium and Botanical Gardens of Malawi, Forestry Research Institute of Malawi, and Malawi Traditional Healers Umbrella Organization.
Government has bemoaned the rate of new HIV infections in the country despite improved knowledge and understanding about the pandemic among Malawians.
Minister of Gender, Women, Children and Social Welfare, Honourable Mrs Patricia Kaliati made the remarks at Chinkhuti Primary School Ground in the area of Traditional Authority Mkukula in Dowa District when she presided over the 2015 International AIDS Candlelight Memorial on May 17.
His Excellency Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi, has appointed a new Board of Commissioners for the National AIDS Commission (NAC).
Paramount Chief Kyungu is the new Chairman of the Board. The other Commissioners are: Dr. Albert Mkumbwa representing the Private Sector; Bishop Ephraim Disi Mbewe representing Networks and organizations of People Living with HIV; Traditional Authority Ngongoliwa is representing Traditional Leaders; Mr. Chimwemwe representing Young People; Reverend Reynold M’mangisa representing the Faith Community; and Mr. Andrew Kaponya is representing research institutions and the academia. The Board includes ex-officio members who represent the Public Sector as follows: Secretary to the Treasury; Secretary for Health; Secretary for Local Government and Rural Development; and Secretary for Nutrition, HIV and AIDS.