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D.1.Mainstreaming HIV/AIDS in Development Programmes: The case of Concern Universal Malawi

by E.J. Imaya, O. Maggie & Kachingwe T.

The presentation focuses on the experiences of mainstreaming HIV/AIDS within Concern Universal Malawi’s programme. The HIV/AIDS initiative within the organization has been implemented for over two years, focusing on policy & strategy development, development of tools and support documents, and training for staff. It has also focused on implementing an HIV/AIDS workplace initiative coordinated by volunteer Focal Persons.

Objectives and Scope

The presentation will focus on the following objectives:

To share experiences in HIV/AIDS mainstreaming as a way of motivating other organizations to do the same

To share pertinent research findings from studies conducted so far

To share the successes of the Focal Persons initiative

To highlight the successes & challenges faced in Mainstreaming HIV/AIDS

Methodology

The best practice presentation was be developed after the analysis of reports, discussions with key staff members, and representatives of collaborating community groups.

Results Concern Universal has successfully rolled out its HIV/AIDS response through the development of a Policy on HIV/AIDS in the Workplace. Research on the impacts of HIV/AIDS in CU programme areas across Malawi has been conducted. HIV/AIDS KAP Surveys have been conducted both amongst staff and communities. A Strategy & Guidelines for Mainstreaming HIV/AIDS into Development Programmes have been developed and the process of providing small grants to community groups to implement HIV/AIDS initiatives at village level is being initiated.

Recommendations A sound policy framework augmented by strategies, and guidelines for mainstreaming HIV/AIDS must inform a comprehensive HIV/AIDS response. Successful HIV/AIDS mainstreaming can only take place if sufficient programme & staff capacity is enhanced, and when the capacity of community groups to provide prevention, care & support and mitigation activities.

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