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NAC reassures UNIMA colleges of HIV and AIDS support

Written by  Sam Majamanda


Phalombe, November 2, 2017: National AIDS Commission (NAC) has reassured students from University of Malawi (UNIMA) constituent colleges of continued support towards HIV and AIDS and Sexual Reproductive Health services through various projects that the organization funds.

The assurance comes a few days after Malawi News Agency learnt that UNIMA colleges were left out on an HIV and AIDS project being implemented by Students Christian Organization of Malawi (SCOM) due to the colleges’ frequent closures.

Among other objectives, the SCOM project seeks to equip college students with comprehensive information on HIV and AIDS, Sexually Transmitted Infections and Sexual Reproductive Health, which is expected to help them to be a healthy generation and responsible students.

The project is being implemented in 60 secondary schools and three public universities of Mzuzu University (Mzuni), Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) and Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar).

Commenting on the fact that UNIMA was sidelined on the project due to frequent closures, Spokesperson for NAC, Karen Msiska, said it was not NAC’s intent to leave out the said colleges.

He said the University of Malawi colleges might have been left out by the implementing organization based on their judgment.

In a written communication, Msiska said the commission funded SCOM based on its capacity to implement the project and not necessarily on the choice of who they were to work with.

Msiska further said NAC had a number of programmes being implemented in UNIMA colleges such as one being implemented by Family Planning Association of Malawi (FPAM) and the Art and Global Health Centre (AGHC).

“Art and Global Health Centre (AGHC) is running programmes similar to SCOM’s at Chancellor College. Implementing partners choose institutions to work with, depending on their capacity,” reads part of Msiska’s written response.

President for Chancellor College Students Union, Raphael Nedi, worried upon noticing that the project had not taken any UNIMA college on board.

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