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FDH leaders sensitization

Malawi Business Coalition Against HIV and AIDS in its capacity as a coordinating body for the Private Sector in the response to HIV and AIDS conducted a sensitization meeting with head of departments and managers of FDH Bank. A total number of thirteen (13) participants attended the meeting. Nine (9)of the participants were males while four (4)of them were females.

The meeting took place on 31st January, 2014 at FDH offices in Blantyre. The objective of the meeting was to orient leaders on their role in managing HIV and AIDS at the workplace. Speaking at the meeting, Lucy Mtambalika , the Human Resources manager said that FDH bank is a member of MBCA and so far the bank has drafted an HIV and AIDS policy which will be launched in the first quarter of 2014.Therefoe it is very crucial that leaders are well informed of the program in order for them to give support.

Treza Chunda, the MBCA capacity building coordinator alluded to the fact that each organization’s response to the HIV & AIDS epidemic is unique and top management support is critical for success of the response. It is essential for decision makers to invest the time to learn about HIV & AIDS and its impact on the business. Therefore this meeting was very useful.

Also present at the meeting was Gandy Madzalo, the clinical nutritionist .He made a presentation on Health and Wellness. In his presentation he said and I quote “The WELLNESS PROGRAM is proactive. People voluntarily become customers – to feel healthier, to reduce the risk of chronic diseases, and to avoid becoming customers of the sickness business. Everyone wants to be a customer of this earlier stage approach to health. The SICKNESS INDUSTRY is reactive. Despite its enormous size, people become customers only when they are stricken by and react to a specific condition or ailment. No one really wants to be a customer of the hospital”



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