Academician links spread of HIV/Aids to poverty in Malawi

A Canada based Malawian academician has blamed the spread of HIV and AIDS in Malawi and other African countries to poverty and inequalities between the halves and halve nots.

HIV/AIDS is one of the dreaded diseases of all times

HIV/AIDS is one of the dreaded diseases of all times

Associate Professor in Public Health Paul Mkandawire is leading a group of 18 students from Carlton University in Canada who are doing a research.

He stressed that  there is a powerful link between poverty, low socioeconomic status and HIV.

On the issue in the northern region,  Mkandawire said unless poverty and inequalities between the poor and the rich are removed, HIV and AIDS will continue taking its toll in Malawi and Africa.

“We can say we need to have civic education or we do this or that to stop the spread of HIV and AIDS but the spread is deep rooted in poverty and inequalities between the poor and the rich,” he said.

It is estimated that over one million people are HIV positive and close to 500000 of them are on ARVs, life prolonging drugs.

Ministry of Health officials put the HIV prevalence rate at four percent.

Mkandawire said this was why Malawi and other African countries had high HIV and AIDS cases compared to developed countries or middle income countries.

HIV and AIDS was discovered three decades ago and has no cure.

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15 thoughts on “Academician links spread of HIV/Aids to poverty in Malawi”

  1. The Real Analyst says:

    So why does Botswana, a relatively richer and more equal society than Malawi have higher HIV prevalence than us? Why does South Africa have higher HIV prevalence than Malawi? Why does Swaziland have higher HIV rates than Malawi? I think the equation is more complicated than that. Factors such as illiteracy, religious beliefs, culture, etc all come into play. This research is too simplistic. But then, it was the work of students, not experts

  2. Mopia Mloyiwa says:

    This is not new knowledge in Malawi. We know that. Several renowned scholars have done that some twenty years. Nyasa times please do not give us raw deal here.

  3. Henry F. chikhungu says:

    According to this research, the cardinal challenge
    is how to tackle the problem of the inequality between the rich and the poor.

  4. Masozi Mwenifumbo says:

    Yahweh God the Creator says SIN IS THE BEDROCK-CAUSATIVE-FACTOR for all curses like poverty, plagues like HIV-AIDS, in Genesis 3 and Deuteronomy 28-30. The earlier MALAWI and all men ACKNOWLEDGED THIS AS OUR ROOT PROBLEM AS MANKIND THE FASTER OUR THE HEALING PROCESS!!!!! The Holy Scriptures are replete with stories of poor, God-obedient people who started poor but ended up very, very rich, AND APPARENT VERY RICH PEOPLE WHO WITHIN AN INSTANT LOST ALL WHAT THEY WERE, AND THEY HAD, JUST BECAUSE THEY DID NOT OBEY GOD’s voice!!!! Examples of this are Cain’s generation, who were apparently physically rich, and developing, up to the point of deceiving the once faithful Sons and Daughters of God of Seth’s/Noah’s Generation who were apparently NOT AS DEVELOPED AS THE FORMER, YET AT FIRST GOD-OBEDIENT; and we all know what happened WITH THE FLOODS THAT INSTANTLY SWEPT THEM AWAY AS THEY NEVER REPENTED IN TIME BACK TO THE WAYS OF OUR SOLE CREATOR AND DESTINY-HOLDER. WHAT CAN WE SAY ABOUT THE MORE AFFLUENT, BUT sin-loving generation of Sodom and Gomorrah, and SURROUNDING CITIES, HOW IN AN INSTANT FIRE AND BRIMSTONE JUDGMENT FROM HEAVEN SWEPT THEM INTO OBLIVION JUST LIKE THAT!!!!! All these examples are clearly showing us that AS FAR GOD AND HIS WORD IS CONCERNED, OUR PROBLEMS ARE ALWAYS MORE SPIRITUAL THAN PHYSICAL, AND THEY DEMAND MORE SPIRITUAL THAN PHYSICAL SOLUTIONS, AND ONCE THE SPIRITUAL IS SOLVED WE ARE ASSURED THAT THE PHYSICAL FOLLOWS SUIT AS WELL!!!! THIS IS GOD’S OWN REPORT, AND HE CANNOT LIE TO US, SINCE HE LOVES SO MUCH THAT HE ALREADY SACRIFICED HOS OWN ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, JESUS CHRIST, FOR US!!!!! Whose report do we believe then, Malawians, and an all you people?
    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
    The solution FOR ALL THE HIV-AIDS PLAGUE IS SIMPLY REPENTANCE, KNOWING FULLY THAT MOST OF MALAWIANS ARE HIS OWN PEOPLE, CALLED BY HIS NAME ACCORDING TO 2 CHRONICLES 7:14, “IF MY PEOPLE, WHO ARE CALLED BY MY NAME, SHALL HUMBLE THEMSELVES, AND PRAY, AND SEEK MY FACE, AND TURN AWAY FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS; THEN WILL I HEAR HEAR FROM HEAVEN, AND FORGIVE THEIR SIN, AND HEAL THEIR LAND!!!!!!!”
    ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. We cannot beat Yahweh God our Heavenly Father on anything, BUT IF WE STILL REMAIN STUBBORNLY UNREPENTANT, SEEKING SOLUTIONS FROM THE CREATURE INSTEAD OF THE CREATOR, WE ARE BOUND TO CONTINUE SWEATING, TOILING AND FAILING IN ALL OUR ENDEAVOURS, UNTIL DUST RETURNS TO DUST, AND THE SPIRIT RETURNS TO HIM WHO GAVE IT!!!!! CHOOSE OBEDIENCE, LIFE, BLESSINGS, NOT DISOBEDIENCE, DEATH, AND CURSES AND ETERNAL DAMNATION IN HELL. WE MUST ALL BE BORN AGAIN, JUST AS JESUS CHRIST, THE CREATOR HIMSELF, COMMANDED US IN JOHN 3, AND REMAIN FAITHFUL TO HIM THEREAFTER WITH ALL ENDURANCE UNTO THE VERY END, AND THE REST IS ALL FIN E WITH US, IN THIS EARTH AND IN THE AGE TO COME!!!!

  5. kk says:

    kkkkkk Mkandawire,ophunzira ena a ku mpoto ndi mbola, kumangozitama kuti ndife anzeru, nzeru zili pati apa? Mukuchita kafukufuka zomwe anthu akukudzidziwa kale kkkkkk koma abale mabvuto alipo

  6. chikopa says:

    hahahaha! Did this guy so called associate professor receive funding to show link between HIV and Poverty? This is worst of resources. Petrol and spark will result into fire. Even a brute would know this. Uneducated bitches would not go wrong. Please stop this nosense and do something out of the box.

  7. Kwamuntonyo says:

    Please tell the malawans who leave along the borders with Zambia who registered as voters in Zambia despite being malawans not to vote otherwise we kill them. We don’t want confusing in zambia

  8. Mbodzole says:

    This is not true at all. One way to test a hypothesis is to find something that contradicts it. Why must most of the variables be controlled in an experiment? The answer is to get the most reliable results about what you want to know. Only one thing will affect the result.

    If we have a reasonable number of well to do (rich) individuals infected with hiv, then we can rule out poverty as the main factor in the spread of hiv. This research would have made more sense if it restricted the study to women because in most cases women engage in prostitution and extra marital sexual relations putting themselves on risk of contracting hiv mainly for financial benefits. But if you see some rich women also infected then this would not be invalid as well.

    There surely should be some underlying factor to the spread of AIDS in Malawi and Africa as a whole other than poverty. And this should be cultural. An uncontrolled appetite for sex. It’s like in the genes. A typical Malawian man cannot just see a lady pass by. And the women are also ready for any attack.

  9. Tt says:

    Really? I did not know this…….daaaaaaaaaa! who is this professor? Was he in coma for the last 30 years?? Associate Professor Mkandawire, if you have just recently discovered this , then sorry your thinking is as slow as a sloth’s!

  10. namasina says:

    You mean you REALLY didnt know that there is a link between poverty and Aids in Malawi? It really does not need academicians to point this out.Malawians, what is wrong with this country? Shame!

  11. Bwande says:

    This is not true. We have equally rich and middle class men living with HIV. It is just because of insatiable libibo. It’s the culture

  12. The Analyst says:

    O………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………O
    While cknowledging that one of purposes of research is to confirm or dismiss what is already known besides uncovering new knowledge; research that uncovers new knowledge is more valuable than that which states the obvious.
    . . . Thus, this reserch is a waste of resources and everybody else’s time. And . . .
    “It would be nice if the poor were to get even half of the money that is spent in studying them.” – Bill Vaughan
    ………………………………………………………………………….
    If HIV prevalence is due to wholesale poverty in Malawi . . .
    . . . why is it equally a problem among the seemingly rich?
    . . . or what’s the prevalence rate by rich-poor status?
    If it’s due to enmasse illiteracy in the poor Malawi . . .
    . . . why is it equally a sting in the tail of the seemingly educated?
    . . . and what’s the prevalence rate now by education?
    Answers to such questions as these, could add value to the bank of knowledge which is already in abundant supply.
    . . . Otherwise, to embark on a research and conclude that poverty is fuelling HIV prevalence in Malawi will not help anyone but the researchers themselves (through funding).
    O……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….O

  13. chodziwadziwa, BSc Engineering (Poly), Msc, PhD (Oxon) says:

    Just a waste of money.There is nothing new in your findings, its more of advocacy work. Implement research projects that will usher new vital information so that the public can appreciate…

  14. Mboma says:

    i frankly speaking i admire these guys from north, they will always find a way to rise in life, thats amazing indeed, u have a great survival strategy in life!!!! am impressed ndithu!!!!

  15. Zoona says:

    Yeah this just confirms what is already known and it’s kind of counter-intuitive! What would be helpful perhaps is to demonstrate through such research efforts, how best we can mitigate for some of these challenges

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