Make Art / Stop AIDS Goes to Secondary Schools

Make Art / Stop AIDS Goes to Secondary Schools

With 50% of new HIV infections affecting those aged 15 to 17 in Malawi, young people are particularly at risk, due to early sexual activity and marriage. Knowing about the successful efforts of the Make Art / Stop AIDS (MASA) programme in bringing HIV education to hard-to-reach populations, we set out to reach secondary school students through the MASA: Youth project in collaboration with Dignitas International.

From Science to Art, Affecting Social Change

From Science to Art, Affecting Social Change

Geoffrey Kamwendo, a 20-year-old Chancellor College student, may be pursuing his degree in Computer Sciences, but his personal passions lie in the arts. He sings; he acts; he performs poetry. That's part of why he joined the Make Art / Stop AIDS (MASA) Squad: to achieve social change using his artistic skills.

Putting perceptions aside, and being a healthcare worker first

Putting perceptions aside, and being a healthcare worker first

Over the last year and half, the Umunthu programme has been working with healthcare workers to address the discrimination of minority groups that then impacts their ability to access health care. The team recently worked with St Joseph College of Nursing in Chiradzulu, and made a positive impact on attitudes there.

In Phalombe, healthcare workers are recognising humanity

In Phalombe, healthcare workers are recognising humanity

The topic of discrimination against minority groups can be a heated topic here in Malawi, and addressing that discrimination can be a long process. As part of our ongoing Umunthu: Health Worker project, our staff is returning to the communities to follow-up on the lasting effects of the three-day workshops, and this is what one healthcare worker had to say.

ACCESS TO HEALTH; LEAVE NO ONE BEHIND.

ACCESS TO HEALTH; LEAVE NO ONE BEHIND.

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 .

MASA ENGAGES TEACHERS ON SEXUALITY AND GENDER RIGHTS.

MASA ENGAGES TEACHERS ON SEXUALITY AND GENDER RIGHTS.

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

EMBRACING AN ALTERNATIVE APPROACH TO SRH EDUCATION

EMBRACING AN ALTERNATIVE APPROACH TO SRH EDUCATION

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.

STUDENTS WITH DREAMS PROGRAMME; AN EYE OPENER FOR THE YOUTH

STUDENTS WITH DREAMS PROGRAMME; AN EYE OPENER FOR THE YOUTH

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

PRINCIPAL SECRETARY OF MINISTRY OF EDUCATION GRACES SWD GRADUATION

PRINCIPAL SECRETARY OF MINISTRY OF EDUCATION  GRACES SWD GRADUATION

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.