Development Initiative Network eases transport, financial challenges among people with HIV

There was happiness among people living with HIV in Chikwawa district when Development Initiative Network (DIN) donated ten bicycles to Tilimbikitsane Support Group in the district.

Billiat and Oda Kjellness handing over the bicycles

DIN’s Executive Director, Anderson Billiat said in an interview that his organization donated the bicycles which were bought with funds from development partners from Norway in order to help members of the support group travel to Chikwawa district hospital to access their ARVs in time.

Billiat added that the bicycles were to be used for ‘Kabaza’ business so that members were able to raise funds for their support group.

“Members of Tilimbikitsane support group approached our office for assistance on transport, as others were complaining of walking more than 5 kilometers to access health facilities, which was a big challenge especially during the hot season,” Billiat explained.

He then urged members of the support group to make better use of the money so that their business grows.

Billiat further expressed gratitude to the Norwegian development partners for the kind gesture at the same time calling upon other partners to emulate their work.

On her part, Oda Kjellness from Norway who initiated the donation said she was proud that her wish of assisting members of the support group, whom she described as cheerful, had come to pass.

She urged them to keep working together as a team for concerted efforts as that would uplift their lives, while calling upon people in the country to be open and talk about HIV and Aids testing and their status saying that would help remove discrimination.

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