Mzuni’s social weekend to focus on HIV/AIDS awareness: Free male circumcision
A massive entertainment extravaganza dubbed Mzuni Inter-Social Weekend is on this weekend beginning Friday at Mzuzu University (Mzuni) with an aim of refreshing awareness among college-going students on the need to stay free of HIV.
The event, sponsored by National AIDS Commission (NAC) and Banja La Mtsogolo (BLM), will feature Malawi’s urban music stars Young Kay and Piksy.
Piksy, born Langwan Zangazanga, confirmed via his Facebook page saying “performing this Saturday alongside Young Kay [at] Mzuni.”
Other colleges that have confirmed participation include Mzuzu Technical College, Ekwendeni College of Nursing and St. John of God College of Nursing.
Mzuni deputy Entertainment Director Chawezi Gondwe said that “the event will be some sort of a refresher for students on HIV/AIDS awareness.”
Nyasa Times has learnt that among the activities to punctuate the weekend will be free male circumcision and sexual reproductive health services for young people and free HIV counselling and testing services.
There will also be free distribution of Manyuchi condoms, a brand manufactured and distributed by BLM.
Malawi universities register some of the highest HIV infection rates due to sexual immoralities, according to studies.
Last year NAC and UNFPA also partnered with Mzuni’s Theatre Arts Group (MUTAG) to use theatre in creating HIV awareness in the country’s secondary schools and colleges.