A huge investment into the health sector by the government, private sector and the development partners will translate into nothing if a particular section of the society is left out .Indeed, discrimination against some individuals in health services provision is a sure recipe for disaster and counterproductive in the efforts to create a health society
Gender based Violence (GBV) is one driving force of HIV/AIDS epidemic worldwide. In Malawi GBV cases, especially against women, dominate the headlines. This is due to ignorance on human rights and gender equality. It is evenly noted that lack of comprehensive knowledge on human rights makes many victims of GBV and sexual harassment unaware of any violation. In the same vein, the victims are not even aware of where to seek assistance from. Nonetheless, the fight against HIV and AIDS is contingent on understanding how gender and GBV increase the HIV risk of women, men and children
Knowledge of Sexual and reproductive health (SRH), including HIV/AIDS, is fundamentally important to a healthy life, especially among the youth. Consequently, the modern world expects teachers to shed more light on SRH and HIV/AIDS, and other relevant topics in their classrooms. Due to cultural sensitivities, teachers are not freed up to tackle such topics openly and decisively. Worse still, even the general teaching approach spelt in the secondary school curriculum, in this case, leaves a lot to be desired. This all works to the disadvantage of the youth who receive little accurate information about sexuality. This can leave them susceptible to coercion, abuse, unintended pregnancy, and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.
In a country where young people under the age of 30 form 70% of the population, it would have been expected that innovation and creativity would have been the norm and not the deviation. However, the situation is very antithetical for Malawi .The youth are facing a litany of challenges ranging from unemployment, higher incidences of HIV/AIDS, drug and substance abuse and early marriages among other pressing social issue. Such pressing social issues prevent the youth from realizing their potential to the fullest.Indeed ,the level of contribution of young people to the socio-economic development of the country leaves a lot to be desired
Art and Global Health Center Africa (ArtGlo) held its annual graduation ceremony for 38 students who successfully completed the Students with Dreams (SWD) programme. The prestigious ceremony which took place on 14th April, 2018 was graced by the Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Justin Saidi.
After completing her studies at Chancellor College, Isabel went on to gain a prestigious Global health Corps fellowship and be Chair of Roteract in Lilongwe. She is now is pursuing her MBA and supporting other young leaders as Malawi Programmes and Operations Senior Associate for Global Health Corps.
Tumeliwa found strength to rebuild herself as a woman with albinism and now fights for the rights of others living with albinism in Malawi, through her SWD project Front Seat
“There’s not much art in Malawi” was the refrain I heard from expats and Malawians alike as I asked around about the art scene in the country. I was skeptical. I have always firmly believed that wherever there are people, there is art.
Viktorya, who was a GHC Fellow working with AGHCA from July 2016- July 2017 reflects on the Arts Ecosystem in Malawi on the 'Americans for the Arts' blog.
Rodney Likaku, former Programme Officer for Students with Dreams, shares his thoughts on challenging the narrative of powerlessness so often tied to poverty and inspiring Malawi's youth to embrace bold ideas. Rodney is now a Lecturer in English language and literature at Chancellor College. Read more on Red Bull Amaphiko, a platform connecting social entrepreneurs around the world.
ARASA's 2017 annual forum brought organisations from all over Southern Africa with the aim of strengthening partnerships, learning, networking and setting a 5 year agenda for the region on issues related to HIV & AIDS, TB and human rights.
This May, we welcomed four new Mentors: Abel, Salome, Michael and Mercy, all exemplary 2016 Dreamers from DCE and MCHS. They kicked the year off with an all-day participatory training full of games, activities and role-play.