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Music stars encourage youths to utilize HTC week

Written by  Daniel Kasondo

Ntchisi, September 24: Ghanaian Jazz Maestro, Steve Bedi and Malawian music star, Skeffa Chimoto said on Monday that as Goodwill Ambassadors for  UNAIDS ‘Protect The Goal’ advocacy campaign  would work tirelessly in encouraging the youths  and all Malawians to go for HIV testing so that HIV and AIDS free Malawi is achieved.

The two music stars said in Ntchisi during their visit on first day of HIV Testing and Counseling (HTC) week which Malawi undertakes massive campaign on testing for HIV throughout the country.

“We are very humbled to be associated with the fight against the pandemic and our involvement will see a lot of youths going for HIV testing and probably change their behaviours so that they don’t contact the virus,” said Bedi.

The Ghanain jazz star said the HTC week was very important as Malawians are given a chance to know their status and get HIV and AIDS messages within reach and are encouraged to do something to stop the spread of the HIV.

He said he was sure that the 2014 HTC week will be a success as most Malawians who like music especially for stars like him and Skeffa would take their words and go for testing. 

Speaking to the Malawi News Agency (Mana), Skeffa Chimoto, said as goodwill ambassadors for ‘Protect the Goal campaign’, they were like role models to most people who follow their music and life styles.

“Being identified in this campaign is a big thing to an artist because it means people have trust in you and can emulate your life style. We believe the youths that the campaign is mostly targeting will be reached and probably go for HIV test and see them at last making informed choices in their lives,” he said.

Ntchisi District Aids Coordinator, Pearson Mphangwe, said the music stars’ visit to the district on the opening of HTC week is a big boost on the campaign for testing for it would encourage more people to test.

“In all the centres that they visited, a lot of people came to got tested and this is a big boost to our campaign in the district. I wish they visited a good number of districts so that more people especially the youths get tested and know their status,” said Mphangwe

He said Ntchisi as a district has targets over five thousand people to get tested in this year’s HTC week.

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