HIV Bill Threaten Malawi’s Certification of Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV by WHO
In 2010 Malawi invented and started the implementation of the option B+ strategy to reduce HIV transmission from mother to child and offer HIV infected women lifesaving drugs (ARVs) regardless of their CD4 Counts. This flagship strategy has resulted in significant reduction in HIV transmission from mother to child in the country. Currently, 95% of pregnant women are offered HIV counselling and testing services across the country as part of prenatal services. Recognizing its effectiveness, the World Health Organization (WHO) has adapted this strategy as the most effective approach for eliminating HIV transmission from mother to child globally. Sadly, the 2017 HIV and AIDS Prevention Management (Section 18, 2b), which imposes compulsory testing of pregnant women and their partners, could reverse progress achieved and make it impossible for WHO to certify Malawi as a Mother to Child Transmission (MTCT) of HIV free Country. As clearly indication in its report “Elimination without Violation” WHO and UNAIDS clearly object form of compulsory testing of pregnant women and would not certify Malawi as MTCT free country, if compulsory HIV testing of pregnant women is introduced in the country.
GALZ was awarded the prestigious Felipa de Souza award 2015 by Outright Action International. The Felipa Award honours the work of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) activists from around the world. GALZ was a recipient of the award in 2005.
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Five women living with HIV, together with KELIN and the African Gender & Media Initiative Trust (GEM) attended the mention for the two land mark cases on the forced and coerced sterilization of Women Living with HIV (WLHIV).
We are elated that Nadia’s name and gender identity have been changed in the population register.
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The Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) is greatly disturbed at the ruling by High Court Judge Kenyatta Nyirenda to give Malawi Electoral Commission a go ahead to announce the irregularities and discrepancies ridden May 20 elections results and the subsequent announcement of the results by the MEC. As CHRR, we wonder if such a ruling was made to simply satisfy the law or to advance the credibility of the results. Otherwise, given the opportunity to opt between satisfying the electoral law by simply announcing the results and delivering credible results in a democratic dispensation like Malawi’s, we would not hesitate to opt for the latter.
We at Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) and Centre for Development of People (CEDEP) observe with sadness the events that characterized yesterday following Malawi Electoral Commission’s decision to effect a physical voting audit of not only the Presidential election but also Parliamentarian and Local government.
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