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    MIT launches HIV and Aids policy


Malawi Institute of Tourism (MIT) last week launched its HIV and Aids and Awareness Policy to protect and promote the welfare of people living with the disease at the institution.

Speaking at the launch, MIT training manager Happy Kalongonda said the policy addresses issues such as stigma and discrimination.

“We really needed this policy and we believe it will protect our students and workers, reduce discrimination, stigma and HIV transmission both within and beyond,” she said.

Kalongonda said they have put in place measures to ensure that the policy is well implemented to achieve its intended objectives.

Among others, she said there is a steering committee that has arranged a number of activities to ensure both
employees and students understand the policy.

Malawi Business Coalition against Aids (MBCA) programme manager Stuart Chuka, who was guest of honour, hailed MIT for the policy and urged other training institutions to develop their policies.

“This is acommendable step in reducing the impact of HIV and Aids at workplaces and training institutions,” he said.

Chuka said MIT staff and students, being key players in the tourism industry, are at a high risk of being affected by the pandemic.



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