HIV-positive person cannot withstand Malawi army training – Colonel

Malawi Defence Force (MDF) has said they will require people recruited for military training to undergo mandatory HIV testing  contrary to the HIV and Aids (Prevention and Management)  law, saying they want an exception to avoid compromising security of the nation.

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The HIV and Aids (Prevention and Management) Bill was developed by the Malawi Law Commission in 2008 to provide an institutional framework for effective regulation of the prevention and management of the HIV and Aids epidemic in Malawi.

The Bill also formally established National Aids Commission (NAC), outlining composition of the commission and procedures for appointing commissioners and the chief executive officer.

But   at National Police Headquaretsr in Lilongwe on Friday during  the HIV adn Aids Management and Prevention Act disseminatiin meeting which NAC held, the armyy and police top brass said the law  would compromise the quality of service of its officer hence they would  still demand mandatory HIV testing from recruits.

“The training for MDF officers is very rigorous. I don’t think an HIV-postive person can withstand it,” said Colonel Glandson Madziatera.

Both MDF and Police asked NAC to exempt the security organs from implementing the law.

But NAC head of policy support and development, Andrina Mwansambo said the law can not be  disregarded and advised the military and police to “review” their recruitment and training mechanisms “to ensure they are not in conflict with the law.

Section 27 of the Act prohibited testing before recruitment into employment, but applicants would be allowed to assess fitness to serve in the Malawi Defence Force, Malawi Police Service, Malawi Prison Service and Immigration Department.

When the Bill was being debated in Parliament, many legislators  queried what would happen to those officers in uniform found HIV positive while in service when Section 28 makes it a criminal offence to fire an employee on the grounds that he or she is living or perceived to living with HIV and Aids.

Parliamentarians voted to reject provisions that endangered human rights and had the potential to negatively affect the HIV response in the country.

The law had initially included provisions to make HIV testing and treatment mandatory for select populations on a discriminatory basis, and that would criminalize HIV exposure and transmission, amongst others.

Civil society and activists argued that these provisions would violate the Malawi Constitution, be at odds with international best practice, and compromise the country’s efforts to advance HIV treatment and prevention.

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#DzukaniAmalawi
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#DzukaniAmalawi

Can the true president of Malawi please stand up. It seems everyone and anyone is making up laws and policies are they go along disregarding country’s constitution. This is the time when the head of state should call to order anyone who breaks the law including punishing the general for ultering nonsense to Malawians. HIV status shouldn’t be a criteria for recruitment for any job. Currently the army has an HIV problem with probably 60% of them infected with the virus. These soldiers and officers are still able to discharge their duties professionally and diligently. If we allow the general… Read more »

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ndele

mmene adzazila a HIV KUYAMBILA MABWANA, MA JUNIORS matenda akeo shaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. hiv,hiv,hiv
bwanji a cipatala atati aze ayeze kuyambila a bwana enienio mpaka kuncila, kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk sikukhala munthu otsala ,ose out. angonenepa nganga zokha timiyendo ngati uzuzu, akamayenda ndi ma jombo eeeeeeeeee komaso nkhani zoika pa ma news pa kusekesa. kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

SONG OF THE DRUNKARD
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SONG OF THE DRUNKARD

IS HIV THE ONLY SICKNESS NEWS WORTH ?? WHAT ABOUT THOSE WITH KIDNEY DISEASE –HEART DISEASES –CANCER IN DIFFERENT ORGANS –EYE PROBLEMS–LIVER DISEASE –FIBROIDS-DEMENTIA? ?AND OTHER DISEASES ??ARE OTHER DISEASES BETTER THAN OTHERS ???MOTHER MALAWI IS STILL IN DARK AGES I BELIEVE !! A BIG REVOLUTION AND EVANGELISATION IS REQUIRED —SKC /THE CHURCH /CSOS HAVE A HUGE TASK TO ACCOMPLISH

chimbano
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chimbano

The arguement is baseless. Are these army officers aware that a person can have an HIV but not detectable. Whats this means that the Virus can not cause a person to get sick. In fact the person leaves a normal life. Even if the person is on ART, modern drugs are made in such a way that the person is fit and healthy and lives normal life. So this is discrimination because HIV is not an illness but just a condition. Please revisit your thinking. A person on ARV can not transmit HIV actually the Virus is suppressed completely and… Read more »

chocho
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chocho

Ok

BigMan
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BigMan

Colonel i disagree. Even if you are HIV tested at time of recruitment, it doesn’t mean that you will not acquire HIV 3 months, 6 months or a year after being recruited. You might even catch it in the DRC during UN mission in the 4th year of military service. In that case will you fire those soildiers because they are “unfit” in your opinion? I don’t think so, unless you want to be paying people for wrongful dismissal. There are plenty of HIV positive soldiers and people in general working quite well as long as they are on ARV’s… Read more »

Unoka
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Unoka

The argument by the Malawi Police Service and MDF that an HIV positive person can not withstand the vigorous training one under go is baseless. The fact that one is HIV does not necessarily mean the person is sick hence not fit to discharge security duties. An HIV positive person can live a healthy and fit life just like any other person as long as his body immunity is good. Remember, the ministry of Health has introduced the “test and treat” policy which means those that happen to be HIV positive will be initiated on ARVs while their immunity is… Read more »

Ndangodutsamo
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Ndangodutsamo

This is a question of recruitment. I think if you contract the Virus while in service there are desk jobs you can be given. The colonel is specific as to say Training. He didn’t say during employment. Remember recently some chaps collapsed and died ku Prison service training. So lets not confuse training to those currently serving. Training is intense and even some healthy individuals fail. But there are also some HIV positive people who are fit and I think it should be a physical test during recruitment. For example the army can buy treadmills and such, If one is… Read more »

Agenda Setting Theory
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Agenda Setting Theory

What has HIV has to do with training, Does the colonel have medical evidence to prove what he is claiming? And are you insinuating that those who collapsed during training were HIV+ The arguments by this Colonel are baseless.

Section 1000
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Section 1000

I feel it is necessary and that the military should continue testing people for HIV before recruiting them.The training that the recruits undergo is really intensive and sometimes even recruits suffer serious wounds during training where spilling of blood becomes part of day ,thats military training coz of the risks involved.The probability of these injuries happening is usually high and lets say if some one who is positive gets injured in a mix with negative recruits then its a problem,so the issue of injuries becomes a problem.Side effects of HIV drugs also is another problem,some one doing military training can… Read more »

Dola
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Dola

Retire the almost half of the toal soldiers ,HIV patients, at Zomba Airbase

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