Reduce Impact of HIV/AIDS

Supporting Impact Mitigation Activities

HIV and AIDS is increasingly becoming a public health problem. Prevalence rate in Mzuzu is lower compared to most urban areas but it is unacceptably high as the community does not have the resources to mitigate the impact.

Orphans

The HIV/AIDS prevalence has resulted into an increased number of orphans in the areas that Ungweru works. It has impacted the social economic security growth and has increased absenteeism from school as children are forced to grow up fending for their siblings. HIV positive youths have been out of place in the communities as they don’t belong to any group to serve their interests. The Mzuzu Urban Profile (2009) reported that there were 16,000 orphans in Mzuzu.

THE HIV PREVALENCE RATE IN MZUZU AS REPORTED IN MZUZU URBAN PROFILE (2009) IS 13.9%.

Support Groups

Ungweru has facilitated the establishment of four ASG (AIDS Support Groups ) and two HBC (Home Based Care) groups in communities. These groups have the responsibility to provide care and support to people living with HIV and AIDS. Ungweru has provided support to these groups through nutritional counseling sessions (group therapy), training in low input gardening and support income generating activities such as pig breeding.

FIELD IMPLEMENTATION

Tackling stigma and discrimination
Progressio ICS volunteers facilitated therapy sessions tackling stigma and discrimination by interacting and sharing each other problems. The whole group binds and brings each other together building stronger relationships.
Team Tikolerane visited secondary schools to hold sessions on HIV/AIDS; prevention, impacts and fighting stigma and discrimination. Education in local primary and secondary schools has also been a topic of interest for the Ungweru Youth Club.
World AIDS Dayworld
Ungweru, Progressio ICS volunteers and local businesses hosted a successful World AIDS Day to spread awareness on the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the community and inspire discussion and change.