Concern Universal National Aids Coordinator, Mphatso Magwaya has appealed to all stakeholders involved in HIV and AIDS response activities to enhance public awareness on the pandemic for the reduction of new HIV infections.
Magwaya was speaking Wednesday at Senior Chief Makwangwala’s Mvimbo Headquarters in Ntcheu during World Aids Commemoration Day which was organized by Concern Universal in Corroboration with Ntcheu District Council.
“Stakeholders who are involved in contributing to the HIV and AIDS national response should continue creating public awareness on the pandemic as a way of reducing new HIV infections,” said Magwaya.
She said besides creating awareness, the stakeholders should also be educating communities on other interventions which can address issues of stigmatizing and discriminating people who are living with HIV.
“Let us continue motivating people to be going for HIV Testing and Counseling and encourage expectant women to be seeking HIV Prevention from Mother to Child Transmission services which are now available in various health facilities across the country,” she said.
Magwaya then pledged her organization’s commitment to integrating HIV and AIDS activities in all the organization’s projects saying integrating HIV and AIDS is a must if the organization has to register sustainable development impact amongst various communities across the country.
In his remarks, Senior Chief Makwangwala who is also one of the commissioners at National Aids Commission commended Concern Universal for corroborating with Ntcheu in organizing the function which he said would go a long way in creating awareness on HIV and AIDS in the district.
“Government alone cannot manage to reach out to all communities with HIV and AIDS information, hence I appeal to all nongovernmental organizations to emulate the gesture set by Concern Universal,” he said.