Malawians are Tuesday celebrating the World Aids Day with shoulders high as the government has been commended for its administration of life-saving antiretroviral (ARV) medication for HIV sufferers.
Medicins sans Frontier (MSf) deputy medical coordinator Kelvin Phiri said each client on ARVs access the medicine easily which he said was commendale.
He said clients need to be sensitized the need to take the drugs everyday.
Phiri however said the government should ensure the availability of the drugs all the time, saying in some cases,public hospitals drugs run out of stock.
The HIV prevalence rate has now gone down to 10.,6 percent from 12 percent and 700000 people out of 1:1 million affected are on ARVs.
Phiri said Malawi has the best ARV administration compared to South Africa, Mozambique and Democratic Republic of Congo.
Elsewhere, there were religious worships as part of the commemoration of the day.
Meanwhile, Reuters is reporting that condom maker Durex has launched a social media campaign last month “to create the first official safe-sex emoji”, asking users to use #condomemoji.
In an age of smartphones and tablets, emoticons, the small icons that are used to express emotions or physical things, are “crucial” to how young couples communicate, Durex said.
Citing its own research, the company said in a statement some 80 percent of 16-25 year olds find it easier to express themselves with emojis. Some 84 percent felt more comfortable using icons when talking about sex, Durex added.
A video for the campaign showed various way emojis are used to discuss sex, but noted the lack of one encouraging safe-sex.
It proposed an angled, inflated condom.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :