A local NGO leader has been honoured in the United Kingdom for his innovative initiatives that are making greater strides in the fight against HIV and AIDS among communities in Malawi’s northern region district of Rumphi.
Executive Director for Life Concern (LICO) Peter Gondwe has been singled out by a UK based Charity organization EGMONT Trust as among few individuals registering greater impacts in the fight against the pandemic.
Gondwe has been recognized for his role in spearheading the formulation of community by-laws on maternal health, prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) and early marriages, promotion of sexual and reproductive health among youths.
Furthermore, Gondwe, through LICO established study circles that are actively advocating for male involvement in maternal and HIV and AIDS issues.
He received his award at the Royal Institution of Great Britain in London on 18 March, 2015.
Speaking in an interview with Nyasa Times Gondwe said he was greatly honoured and humbled to receive the individual award.
He said the award is a testimony that his organization’s efforts in the fight against HIV and AIDS are bearing the intended fruits.
Gondwe challenged stakeholders in the HIV and AIDS sector to be innovative in designing local and cost effective strategies in combating the further spread of HIV and AIDS.
“We really need to strive for innovation in the fight against HIV and AIDS using locally designed strategies that can easily be adopted by community members,” said Gondwe.
Every year The Egmont Trust recognizes individual persons who have done exceptionally well in the implementation of HIV and AIDS activities that are proving effective in alleviating the negative impacts of HIV and AIDS.
Besides the individual award, Life Concern organization was also honoured with a UNAIDS 2014 Red Ribbon Award for their efforts in the HIV and AIDS sector.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :