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    Sensitization meeting at Tobacco Control Commission
27/02/2014

 
   

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 staff members from Tobacco Control Commission (TCC). A total number of sixteen (16) participants attended the meeting. Six (6) of the participants were females while ten (10) of them were males.

The meeting took place on 17th February, 2014 at TCC offices in Limbe. The objective of the meeting was to bring awareness to the employees on the emerging issues on HIV and AIDS. Topics which were discussed were HIV and AIDS Situation in Malawi and Stigma and Discrimination. Speaking at the meeting, Sarah Kakusah, the HIV and AIDS Coordinator for TCC said “The Tobacco Control Commission has not been spared from the AIDS scourge as evidenced by the increase in number of AIDS related deaths; increase in vulnerable stakeholders; more time spent taking care of the sick instead of attending to productive activities, and high medical bills arising from treatment of AIDS related illnesses”.

Noting the serious challenges as stated above, the Tobacco Control Commission intends to run an effective program aimed at preventing and reducing the incidence of HIV and AIDS, and mitigate its impact in order to improve the quality of service delivery in the tobacco industry and thereby sustaining the production, processing and marketing of tobacco in Malawi.

Tobacco Control Commission’s HIV and AIDS program has a strategic theme of HIV and AIDS advocacy and prevention, and HIV and AIDS mainstreaming. It is believed that this program will significantly reduce the impact of HIV and AIDS and improve the quality of life for the infected and affected by the HIV and AIDS in the tobacco industry.

It is expected that the program will enable Tobacco Control Commission to realize its dream of having an HIV and AIDS free tobacco industry and continue contributing to the successful implementation of the Government’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as well as poverty reduction strategy.

Similar sensitization meetings have been conducted in Lilongwe, Kasungu and Mzuzu.


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