Programmes Continue……..

Resource and Recreation

Since the first case of HIV and AIDS was identified in Malawi, the country has gone through different phases of the pandemic. NAPHAM is the oldest network of people living with HIV (PLHIV) in Malawi and has been providing HIV and AIDS services to PLHIV and the community at large for 20 years so far. Over the years, NAPHAM has gained vast experience in dealing with challenges PLHIV face and helping them to live a healthier life just like any other person. It is therefore expected that NAPHAM should have a rich source of materials on positive living and HIV and AIDS in general. However, currently NAPHAM does not have well-established resource or reference centres and other recreational facilities that facilitate positive living. It is therefore the wish of NAPHAM to provide need-based resource and recreational services. In the next five years, NAPHAM aims at achieving the following:

  1. To establish and strengthen learning resource centres
  2. To establish Business Communication services by 2016
  3. To Promote indoor and outdoor sporting activities among PLHIV by Jan 2016

Advocacy and Communication

NAPHAM works with the people living with HIV at the grass-root level.Through capacity building, NAPHAM empowers its members to speak for themselves issues on issues that affect them.Through, scorecard methodology, NAPHAM members are able to take up issues that impige on their rights to the duty beares for solutions. This leads to a conducive environment that promotes essential services for survival of PLHIV in order to reduce their vulnerability and dependence. At national level, NAPHAM organises panel discussions that see community members engage duty bearers to lobby for their well-being.At times,media is also used as another adocacy strategy for member to lobby for thier well being and rights.The members are from time to time supported and guided by the NAPHAM district staff that is equally trained in advocacy skills. In the next five years NAPHAM aims at achieving the following:

  1. To raise NAPHAMs profile by 2019
  2. To ensure that the rights of PLHIV are respected at all levels.
  3. To improve communication with members, the public and partners by 2016
    Improve communication internally by 2014

Children and young people living with and directly affected by HIV and AIDS

Malawi has clocked 28 years since the first HIV case was diagnosed in the country. Some of the children born HIV positive have survived and some of them are now in their early twenties while most of them are teenagers. Overwhelmed with care and support for PLHIV in general, somehow NAPHAM overlooked the needs of children and youth living with HIV (CYLHIV) by developing comprehensive programmes specifically targeting them.

When HIV overlaps with poverty the impact can often lead to deepening vulnerability of children and young people. The problems the children and youth infected and directly affected by HIV face leave them very vulnerable and open to a lot of abuse. It is therefore imperative to empower them so that they can be in a position to make informed decisions and support themselves. In the next five years, NAPHAM aims at achieving the following:

  1. To strengthen NAPHAM capacity to be responsive to children and young people living with HIV and those directly affected
  2. To strengthen networking and collaboration on children and young people
    To ensure 100% of CYPLHIV accessing youth friendly HIV and SRH health services by 2019
  3. To ensure 80% of CYPLHIV are able to meet daily basic needs especially food, clothes shelter by 2019.
  4. To ensure 80% CYPLHIV members do not experience stigma and discrimination (self or external) by 2019

Membership Anchor, Growth and Development

The ultimate goal of this focal area is to contribute to the reduction of poverty and inequalities among the Malawian population through economic empowerment of people living with HIV (PLHIV) in Malawi. PLHIV have largely been disadvantaged economically and socially by the pandemic. HIV and AIDS has been known to negatively affect people’s livelihoods. Many people living with HIV were diagnosed when they were already ill. During the time of their illness and as the families seek medical help, assets are sold, business capitol is used up, savings are also used up, and some who were employed, their employment gets terminated especially if the illness was prolonged. By the time they recover a lot of resources are drained up. Most of them by the time they got well most of their assets had been used.

The estimated total population of PLHIV in Malawi is over 1 million and out of these NAPHAM has about 83,500 members in about 1,600 support groups. This indicates that NAPHAM, which is the largest network, is only able to reach out to less than 10% of the PLHIV. There is therefore, need for more support groups to reach the remainder of the total PLHIV. In addition, there is low male involvement (30%) in the support groups and approximately 60% of members are not economically empowered. Under this focal area, NAPHAM aims at achieving the following:

  1. To increase membership by 25% in 5 years
  2. To enhance management and leadership capacity in 50% of support groups by 2019
  3. To increase male membership from current 30% to 40% by 2019
  4. To increase income of members by 30% by 2019
  5. To have 80% of NAPHAM members households food and nutrition secure by 2019
  6. To increase number of literate members of NAPHAM by 20% by 2018
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