The entire FACT team is pleased to announce that it has received funding from HIVOS under the Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (ASRHR) Programme from the regional SRHR fund. Our project is titled “Kodi Bae Anayedzetsa?” This is a question that translates to “Has your boyfriend or Girlfriend tested for HIV?”

The goal of the project is to create a demand for young people who are in relationships to seek HIV testing before engaging in unprotected sex or sex at all. We will test 500 young couples for a total of 1,000 young people tested in both Lilongwe and Blantyre Cities.

As part of the projects we will hold mass campaigns in the form of grassroots soccer, roundtable discussions as well as peer-education sessions. During some of these events, there will be mobile HIV testing services (HTS) provided. Testing will also be provided on Monday and Fridays at our offices in Lilongwe, area 36 and Blantyre, Chilobwe from 8am to 5pm.

Our motto is “No Young Person Left Behind” and this means we target young people in ensuring that their sexual and reproductive health needs are met. Therefore as part of this project, we will be training 100 peer educators in both Lilongwe and Blantyre. We will also have sessions for young people living with HIV to feel safe to discuss their issues and encourage each other to adhere to their treatments.

We will invite you starting this December, 2020 to join us in raising awareness on the project and to have you come for testing with your partner if you are a young couple.

HIV is still a problem in our country despite the tremendous strides we are making in testing and providing treatment to reach the 90-90-90 targets. In Malawi, 50% of new cases are in young people annually. We can all join hands to end this pandemic. We are doing our part through this project in reaching out to young people and creating a safe space for all young people living with HIV.

For more info on the project or to share your ideas, please email info@factmalawi.org