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MBCA takes AIDS fight to Makande

The Malawi Business Coalition Against HIV and AIDS, a coordinating body for the HIV and AIDS private sector response, has sensitised workers at Makandie Tea Estate in Thyolo on the management of HIV/AIDS at the workplace.Speaking during the sensitisation meeting held at the estate, MBCA Capacity Building Officer Veronica Chikafa said through a project funded by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), MBCA was reaching out to its members with information on prevention, treatment and management of HIV/AIDS issues.

She said the project has also enabled MBCA to build capacity of focal persons or coordinators on HIV/AIDS in the private sector through specially designed training programmes."These training and sensitization sessions will go a long way in helping the private sector join the rest of the country and the world to reach the zero target for HIV/AIDS infections," said Chikafa,"Each individual has a role to play to help Malawi and the rest of the world to achieve zero new HIV and AIDS infections, zero discrimination and zero new AIDS related deadis," said Chikafa.

She hailed,UNFPA for the technical and financial support that it has given to the private sector through MBCA for HIV and AIDS workplace programmes and condom programming.Makande Tea Estate Human Resources Manager Landwell Muskambo thanked MBCA for the sensitization campaigns and for the work that MBCA is doing in the private sector. He also thanked UNFPA for funding the project.

Speaking at the end of the meeting, Traditional Authority Thunga thanked MBCA for the campaign and asked for more such programmes, because communities were still losing valuable members to AIDS related deaths."Your campaigns through the estate are also reaching out to the rest of the community and villages, so they can help us too to reduce the spread of HIV," said T/A Thunga.





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