Malawi pleads for donor support on HIV Aids

Malawi government has pleaded for support from the international donor community on issues to do with nutrition, HIV and Aids projects.

The plea for support was made by Deputy Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Environment Vera Faramenga Chilewani in Lilongwe on Friday morning at the launch of a strategic plan for her ministry on Nutrition, HIV and Aids.

In her remarks at Sogecoa Golden Peacock Hotel, Lilongwe, Chilewani asked the donor community to support the strategic plan both technically and financially.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to encourage the donor community, National Aids Commission and other partners to continue supporting the implementation of nutrition, HIV and Aids activities both technically and financially,” she said.

Faramenga Chilewani: SOS

She also asked all the relevant authorities to join hands in fighting nutrition and HIV and Aids.

“I am aware that the resource basket for responding to nutrition, HIV and Aids is getting thinner as time passes by. However, to avoid losing a battle that is already being won, I would like to encourage all responsible officers in the ministry and the nation at large to ensure that adequate resources are allocated towards responding to HIV Aids,” said Chilewani.

The plea comes at a point when most of the international donors continue shunning Malawi for its autocratic leadership under the leadership of President Bingu wa Mutharika.

According to the minister, the plan is aimed at guiding the implementation of workplace nutrition, HIV and Aids intervention.

“The strategic plan has been developed to operationalize the various strategies that have already developed at national level and integrate them into the natural resources, energy and mining sector,” she said.

Chilewani further revealed that the strategic plan that has been launched was developed after noting some of the following challenges; weak coordination and management of nutrition, HIV and Aids activities, inadequate mainstreaming of Nutrition, HIV and Aids procedures guideline and policies in the core functions of the ministry; inadequate planning, monitoring and evaluation of Nutrition, HIV and Aids policies, programmes and projects among others.

Some of the top officials at the launch came from Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom), Paladini Africa, National Aids Commission (NAC), Malawi Interdenominational Aids Association (MIAA) and Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA) among others.

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