INERELA+ Malawi fights stigma and discrimination against HIV/AIDS

For some people living with HIV in Malawi, stigma and discrimination have been a barrier to accessing treatment. Communities of people Living with HIV speak of change as a community-led monitoring initiative is bearing fruits. The Citizen Science Community Led Monitoring and Advocacy (CS-CLMA) project, locally known as “Kalondolondo waNzika” running in Kasunga and Dedza districts, is being implemented by the Malawi Network of Religious Leaders Living With, or Personally Affected by HIV in conjunction with the AIDS-MANERELA+ and partnership with the Network of Journalists Living with HIV (JONEHA) has brought in a new lease of life. The project is funded by the Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation, through the International Treatment Preparedness  Coalition. (ITPC). With data collection now being done by PLWHIV, there is no fear that the data may be false. The data is a true reflection of what is taking place on the ground. Funds permitting, the community looks forward to the project spreading to other districts.


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