CSOs calls for Malawi policy on HIV treatment: Calling for earlier ART

Civil Society leaders have called for a national policy which will  ensure offering antiretroviral therapy (ART) earlier to people diagonised with HIV.

Mbewe: Need for national policy

Mbewe: Need for national policy

CSO's addressing the media

CSO’s addressing the media

The call was made in Lilongwe during a news conference organised by CSOs working in the area of HIV and Aids management.

.They argued that failure to put proper policy of lifesaving drugs is a quick death trap for HIV sufferers, saying earlier, safer and simpler antiretroviral therapy can push the HIV epidemic into irreversible decline
Safari Mbewe, the executive director of the Manet-Plus, said recent evidence indicates that earlier ART will help people with HIV to live longer, healthier lives, and substantially reduce the risk of transmitting HIV to others

“The Ministry of Health should formulate a new national policy that commits immediate initiation of ART to all persons who test HIV positive,” said Mbewe.

“The ministry of health should formulate new national guidelines that direct ART providers to inform and offer treatment to all persons who have tested HIV positive irrespective of their CD4 count,” he added.

Mbewe said is a policy of early treatment is adopted, the country will see significant health benefits at the public health and individual level.

Among those endorsing the recommendations included; Manaso Executive director, Abigail Dzimadzi, Manet Plus, Cedep, MANELERA, NAPHAM, COWLHA, SAT Malawi, MEHN and AVAC Fellow.

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8 thoughts on “CSOs calls for Malawi policy on HIV treatment: Calling for earlier ART”

  1. Chisale Mwapondabwanji says:

    Some people say ‘silence is golden’ or ‘it is wisdom to remain silent’, more so if you have nothing valuable to comment. CSOs are not fools or ‘fulls’…aaa nanga choncho! You do not even know what you are talking about! Are you sure you are an ex ART Clinician or you are just exposing your ignorance? No wonder some people have said ART service provision is substandard…it is because of people like you, who can’t even find better language to communicate your thoughts………And you, Zoona, what would you encourage people to do after being diagnosed HIV+? Are you sure you understand what you are talking about? Do you understand what ARVs are?…..I suggest we keep quiet if we do not have anything substantial to share….do not display your ignorance on this forum. I repeat: silence is golden…it is wisdom to remain silent!

  2. Wina Mpoto says:

    sounds good but the only problem is that this government does not listen

  3. Kachepa says:

    Kodi ndifunse nawo apa ndi mmene ndamvera mu nkhani yapamwambayi.

    Kodi CD4 count yake imatsika mthupi pa zifukwa za HIV yokha kapena palinso zina zomwe zimachititsa??

  4. truth says:

    I don’t know what the CSOs are looking for, the government is already planning to start the Test & Treat system come next year. Whatever!!

  5. zinaA says:

    Boma likupanga kale zimenezo chonchi next year ziyambika. Munali kuti nthawi yonseyi. Mukufuna tiziti mwatimenyera nkhondo. Tell us another issue osaononga ndalama on already solved issues

  6. zoona says:

    Discourage sex trade,civic educate people on one partner,encourage people to get tested,thus the best anti HIV campaign,relying on ARVs alone is not enough,what’s the point of prolonging the life of HIV distributing agents,its stupid for some people to be deliberately infecting new partners just to make sure tipite ambiri,now imagine such people to live for 20 more years,how many souls will such mafias have infected? Advocate against the multiple partner stupidity,end of story.

  7. Ex ART clinician says:

    Idiots. Decison regarding treatment of HIV and any other disease is based on clinical evidence and capacity of the health care system to implemet treatment guildelines. There is a full team at MoH studded with compented clinicians so what are these fulls talking about.

  8. matako a pusi says:

    True true true indeed

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