|Dunker Kamba: Cedep Administrator|
"And as such I hinted on the need to include MSMs in the implementation of HIV programs since we already have them included in the NAC framework. The only thing is the implementation and I’m glad that government recognised that MSM are a vulnerable group in Malawi,” said Kamba.
“There are a lot of gaps which has arisen due to the difference in sexual orientation. In other words, the government, most civil society organizations, religious organizations and most Malawians in general believe that human rights only are applicable to the heterosexuals. This is very visible from the laws of the land to the whole programming within the government setup,” said Kamba.
He added how unfortunate that in the National Aids framework, Men who have sex with Men are included as one of the Most at Risk group and it is obvious that, when funding which is meant for the target group is received, “it is diverted into other things leaving the target group with nothing but more vulnerability to HIV and Aids.”
Besides Kamba, other Malawian civil society representatives making presentations on various issues included Reverend MacDonald Sembereka of the Malawi Network of Religious Leaders Living with or Personally Affected by HIV and Aids (Manelera), who presented on marital rape and HIV and Chikosa Moses Ulendo Banda from the law faculty but presenting in his personal capacity about Intellectual Property and access to medicines and legal frameworks supportive of efforts to provide drugs that are needed for the treatment of HIV and opportunistic infections.