First Lady wary on low number of children taking ARVs

Malawi’s First Lady Gertrude Mutharika has bemoaned the low number of children  c infected with HIV/Aids who are receiving anti-retroviral treatment, arguing that more needs to be done to increase the number of children on the pandemic’s response strategy.

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First Lady Mutharika: I am concerned

The First Lady was speaking in Lilongwe at a steering committee meeting of the Organization of African First Ladies on HIV and Aids-OAFLA.

Mrs Mutharika said although HIV has largely been linked to men and women, children are also directly or indirectly affected and those who have been infected need to be given treatment.

“I am concerned to learn that we are leaving children behind in the HIV response and I want to support all efforts to ensure that we reach the target of 90.90.90 for children (including adolescents) by the year 2020,” she said.

“While we are proud to have put on treatment up to 70 percent of the adults affected by HIV, let’s work towards increasing the number of children receiving treatment as the current percentage of 40 percent is not enough.”

She said while Malawi is proud to have put HIV positive women on Anti-retroviral treatment, she is also committed to ensuring that these women do not attract cervical cancer as these diseases are inter-linked.

The discussion which attracted participants from the Ministry of Health, The Coalition of Women Living with HIV/AIDS-COWHLA, The Elizabeth Glazer Foundation, PEPFAR and UNAIDS, looked at the how Malawi can scale up participation of women in cervical cancer screening and HIV testing.

The steering committee represents organisations that are already working in the areas of pediatric HIV and maternal and child health.

The meeting also looked at policy and programme challenges that organisations are facing with respect to scaling up testing and treatment for HIV positive children and scaling up cervical cancer screening and management for HIV positive women.

“I also want to hear from you how I can be of support to the work that is already taking place,” she further said.

Chairperson of the Steering Committee Dr Charles Mwansambo who is also Chief of Health Services in the Ministry of Health said the First Lady will use her position to influence more women to go for cervical cancer screening.

Many infected adults are also not taking ARV treatment while others are not getting tested for the disease.

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14 thoughts on “First Lady wary on low number of children taking ARVs”

  1. Allick Tembo says:

    Nsanje bwanji? mukanakhala inu simunakaba?
    Tamvelaini! Pafika anthufe, kulibe munthu olongosoka ndi wachilungamo.

  2. bwanji kodi says:

    I am sorry to say this to you Madam Getrude Muthalika ( your very stupid ) mmene unkaba ndalama za NAC umaganiza chani? chimene udziwe ndi chakuti dziko la pansi ndilozungulira ndipo anthu akudandaula za khalidwe lako lonyasa including myself ndiye usamale ana anzako akumvetsa chisoni koma uli busy kuba akukantha Mulungu posachedwapa ndiwe opusa !!!.

  3. nyasi mmaso says:

    anthu otembereredwa inu chauta akukantheni ndithu. ngati siufiti mwina muli ana munatambako. ngati simubweza ndalama za NAC munadya zija mulandu ukudikilani kumwamba

  4. angoni says:

    Ndalama munaba zija ntchito yakeinali imeneyo

  5. Phwado says:

    Get the f***k out.Cockroach with very minute brain.You stole money for this purpose yesterday and today you forget!No wonder with ur hubby u have made us a laughing stock,the fuckn poorest nation on the entire universe!

  6. No. 1 poorest country says:

    Bwenzi ndalama unaba ku NAC zija zikuthandiza anawa.
    Useless woman. Juniyo ali kuti? Osamangokhalira kukisana, tufuna juniyo.

  7. edda mwalweni says:

    Gets, just return the arrestMAC money for us to buy more ARVs. Manyazi ulibe mbava we .

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  9. Alfred Munduwabo says:

    What is wrong with the first comment ?

  10. Malindima says:

    Let me give some the reasons why some people and children do not take ARVs:
    1. Drinking them on empty stomachs is what people avoid as break fasts in the villages is non existent; there is always hunger and starvation around the year.
    2. Where food prevails, people are just tired drinking them especially due to the fact that it is not pain that drives one to drink them.
    3. Children or orphans are most difficult to convince them to drink as they always say ” Iam not sick; so why should I drink medicine?”
    4. Children always ask why they are forced to drink medicine when they are not sick and with this question, they simply refuse to drink.
    5. Changes made to the drugs causes resistance more especially to the children.
    6. Lack of support especially on food as people taking ARVs feel hungry in shirt periods of time after meal intervals. This is similar to diabetic patients.

    So what are you gonna do Madam?

  11. Matako says:

    Shameless clueless people like this woman should not be allowed to talk nonsense like this. Who was swindling NAC few months ago? was that not money destined for the children? Shameeless mbava izi.

  12. ujeni says:

    This woman has a posture and look of someone lost.

  13. Patriot says:

    Getu, Lilongwe yamera tchire loopsya. Ko ukutani? Beam imangodziwa kuba zaku NAC basi eti?

  14. Chingwe Chambuzi says:

    No1 please respect the First Lady.No need to insult her. Compared to Callista this one is a lady .n Looks are not everything.

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