1.0 Executive Summary

The main objective of The National Association for People Living with HIV and AIDS in Malawi (NAPHAM) is to provide quality care and support to people both infected and affected by HIV and AIDS epidemic in Malawi.

With funding from National AIDS Commission, NAPHAM Mchinji Branch is implementing a project focusing on improved well-being for people living with HIV & AIDS and reduction of new HIV infections in Malawi. The project is implemented in 15 group village headmen of Kakunga, Kapunula, Mkanda, Mgulula, Kathyuka, Poko, Mwase, Ngolomi, Kapita, Mlonyeni, Tsumba, Kadula, Ungwe, Machilika and Chiti.

2.0 Introduction

NAPHAM is a membership organization whose mission is to promote and advocate for demand driven quality treatment care, support, economic empowerment and prevention services in order to enhance positive living, self-reliance and reduce new HIV infections for all people infected and affected by HIV and AIDS in Malawi.’ and envision complete physical, mental, social wellbeing and self-reliance for people infected and affected by HIV and AIDS in Malawi.”

Mchinji is one of the districts in the central region of Malawi situated in the western part of the country. It borders with Lilongwe in the east, Kasungu in the south east and makes international borders with Zambia and Mozambique. It has a population of 489,075 people (Population & Housing Census, 2008) and covers an area of 3,356km2 giving a population density of 146 people/km2. 80% of this population lives in the rural area with farming as the major source of income. The district has 14 ART static centers namely: Mchinji district Hospital, Kapiri Mission Hospital, Ludzi and Guilleme mission hospitals and all health centers with kapiri and Mchinji District Hospital having a CD4 count machine.

Mchinji has a total population of 15,652 people living with HIV & AIDS and 140,191 people have undergone HIV Testing and Counseling (Mchinji DHO. The district has ten Traditional Authorities, namely: Zulu, Mlonyeni, Simphasi, Mavwere, Kapondo, Mduwa, Nyoka, Mkanda Pitala and Dambe and 61 Group Village Headmen as of the district council’s office information.