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
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.
Students from three colleges; Chancellor College, Domasi College of Education and Malawi College of Health Sciences (Zomba compass), were awarded with certificates of recognition following successful completion of the programme. Dreamers were given the platform to showcase their projects, sharing their experiences and how they overcame the challenges they faced.
Speaking at the event, the guest of honor, Mr. Saidi commended ArtGlo for its complementary efforts in youth empowerment and addressing pressing social issues.
“As government we are always happy to see many players coming up with different innovations to partner with us in promoting the youth and education. This is why I would like to sincerely thank ArtGlo for coming up with SWD programme. Basically, if we are to develop as a nation, we need to make use of the energy and potential that these young people have” Saidi said.
SWD aims to translate this creative energy in to actionable social change. Since its establishment in 2011, SWD has empowered 133 young people to develop and implement 45 projects in response to issues they see in society. ArtGlo recruits passionate young people and provides them with intensive training, mentorship and seed grants to realise their projects. Through this process the young dreamers develop as critical thinkers, problem solvers and collaborative leaders. We are proud to see our alumni continuing to lead the movement for social change in Malawi- whether fighting for the rights of people with albinism, inspiring girls to aspire for tertiary education or acting as an international advocate for children's rights. We can't wait to see what this latest cohort of SWD graduates achieves next!