Malawi govt to roll out civic education activities on HIV/Aids, nutrition

The Ministry of Information will soon be rolling out civic education activities on nutrition, HIV and AIDs.

Among other activities, the ministry will be beaming cinemas, conduct dramas and be carrying out public awareness rallies.

Director of Information, Isaac Cheke Ziba said on Thursday in Dowa that the ministry has now the capacity to go ahead with civic education activities after training more than 25 peer educators.

“We wanted to have a skilled and knowledgeable group of people who should carry civic education activities. I am therefore, glad to report that more than 25 officers serving in different portfolios in the ministry have been trained on issues pertaining to nutrition, behavior change and HIV and AIDs,” he  said.

Cheke Ziba: Director of Information

Ziba added, “As Ministry of Information, we have a critical role and mandate to contribute to the fight against HIV and AIDs.”

The Director then urged participants at the workshop to use the knowledge and skills attained to the best of Malawians.

He said the purpose of the training was not only to enrich the trainees with HIV and AIDs knowledge but rather reach those people who are hard to reach.

“This training is of great importance, as peer educators we expect you to share the knowledge in your workplaces, your families as well as your communities,” Ziba said.

Concerted efforts

Drafter Khembo, HIV and AIDs Programme Manager in the Department of Public Service Management said for Malawi to win the fight against the pandemic, there was need for concerted efforts.

He said people should not wait for Government alone to deal with the disease but rather fully participate in programmes that help in mitigating the impacts of HIV and AIDs.

Khembo commended the Ministry of Information for organizing the training which he said would help to reach the larger population.

“This is one of the many approaches to combat the spread of the HIV and AIDs; these trainees will help in carrying out messages of the pandemic and teach people the best HIV practices while at the same time instill a heart of change,” Khembo said.

Fobia Navaya, one of the participants promised to use the knowledge and skills gained during the workshop to help others who were not aware of the grave impacts of HIV and AIDs.

The Peer education training workshop was solely organized to train officers in the Ministry of Information with funding from National AIDs Commission (NAC).

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