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AS part of enhancing HIV and Aids activities in the workplace, the Malawi Business Coalition against HIV and Aids (MBCA) last week organised a peer ducation training at Hapuwani Lodge in Mulanje.

The training attracted participants from all sectors in the private sector, including Roads and Administration, Lilongwe Water Board, Mlalawi Bureau of Standards, Public Private Partnership Commission
and First Merchant Bank.

The MBCA‘S Finance and Administration Manager Kenneth Daucli said the aim of the training was to equip the participants with knowledge and skills in peer education to enable them disseminate information on HIV and Aids, sexuallytransmittcd infections and tuberculosis.

"The peer educators are expected to sensitise their fellow employees when they go back to their respective work places As part of the HIV and AIDS workplace programmes, companies hold sensitization activities and we thought it was proper to train these peer educators who can disseminate information in their normal work environment and they can also do one on one counseling," explained Daudi.

Some of the topics at the training workshop included behavior change process, benefits of voluntary male medical
circumcision, stigma and discrimination, sexually transmitted infections, antirctroviral therapy and introduction to peer education and counseling.

Daudi commended the private sector companies for the good work that they are doing by implementing HIV and AIDS policy programmes within the workplace.

He also called for other private sector companies that do not have HIV and Aids programmes to join the MBCA and start implementing HIV and Aids programmes.

One of the participants described the training as an eye opener.

“To me, the topic on the importance of voluntary male medical circumcision was really an eye opener bccause it
has made me understand that it helps the prevention of cervical canccr in women and it also minimizes the risk
of catching the HIV virus. When I go back to work I will share this information with my colleagues,” he said.



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