Nsanje — The Malawi Council for the Handicapped (MACOHA) has embarked on a project dubbed 'HIV and Aids prevention and impact mitigation' to ensure improved quality of life and mitigate the impact of the pandemic for persons with disabilities through networking.
The organization's Project coordinator for HIV Prevention and Impact Mitigation for people living with disabilities, Irina Pasiya said the project is being mainstreamed by service providers in order to reach out to more people with disabilities in the targeted districts.
"As MACOHA, we have been providing HIV and Aids services direct to the grassroots since 2006. With this approach, we used to reach out a few individuals. Therefore, we have resorted to facilitating mainstreaming of disability across Aids service organizations and ensure that persons with disabilities are able to access medical care," said Pasiya.
She further said apart from improving coordination of HIV and Aids response among the disability actors, the project will reduce stigma and discrimination in HIV and related issues in persons with disabilities.
"These AIDS service organizations will conduct advocacy meetings with Area Development Committees and traditional leaders on the identification and promotion of inclusive practices towards youth with disabilities and their families so that they are able to access development benefits as well as HIV and Aids services in their communities," she said.
According to the organization's project coordinator, the one year project is receiving its funding from National Aids Commission (NAC) at the tune of K20 million.