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NAC commends DREAM Project for its HIV and AIDS fight

The National AIDS Commission (NAC) has commended DREAM Project Malawi for its drive in the fight against HIV and AIDS.

Commissioner Reverend Gertrude Kapuma, who represents the Faith Community on the NAC Board, made the remarks on Tuesday, August 5 when she visited DREAM antiretroviral therapy (ART) clinic at Mtengowanthenga Mission Hospital in Dowa District.

Commissioner Reverend Kapuma observed that the clinic provides high standard laboratory diagnostic services to ART clients not just from within Dowa District but also to surrounding districts of Dedza and Lilongwe.

The clinic, which was officially opened in August 2005, has treated over 10, 000 clients and it currently provides treatment to 1, 950 clients.

In his remarks, DREAM Project Country Director, Dr Ellard Alumando said through its Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) services, the clinic has helped 95 per cent of HIV positive mothers from its catchment area to deliver HIV negative babies.

Dr. Alumando thanked the Government of Malawi and the National AIDS Commission for ensuring an enabling environment for DREAM Project to effectively implement its programme.

DREAM, which stands for the Drug Resource Enhancement Against AIDS and Malnutrition Program, sponsored by the Sant’Egidio Community, is pioneer in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa, with 80,000 HIV-infected and/ or exposed individuals in care.

DREAM Project started its operations in Malawi in 2004 and its overall objective is to prevent the spread of HIV infections among Malawians, provide access to treatment for people living with HIV free of charge, and mitigate the impact of the epidemic. It has clinics in Balaka, Mangochi, Machinga, Dowa, Dedza and Blantyre and it has three molecular biology laboratories.

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