SRH Africa Trust has applauded Malawi for making noticeable strides towards a full recognition of health rights for key populations such as sex workers and homosexuals.

SRH African Trust Monitoring and Evaluation Officer Mr. Williet Lumbe has observed a significant drop in stigma rendered on minority groups upon accessing health services which he describes as a necessary step towards the elimination of HIV transmission by 2030.

He says currently, minority groups including homosexuals and sex workers are freely accessing health care without facing any form of homophobia initially propelled by health workers and even the community at large.

Mr. Lumbe made the remarks on Thursday in Thyolo during a medical practitioners’ training on the provision of equitable access to quality health care among key populations such as gays and sex workers.

“Malawi is one of the countries with highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rate among Men who have Sex with Fellow Men (MSM). But with the easy accessibility to SRH services that the MSMs are having, we are in the right track towards curbing further spread of HIV,” he said.

The training came under a Global Fund programme termed ‘Towards TB/HIV Epidemic Control in Malawi: Bringing Innovations to Scale’, which among others seeks to reduce HIV related mortality and minimize new

Thyolo District Director of Health Services Dr. Arnold Jumbe said there is a need to provide equal treatment to minority groups who basically are at a higher risk of HIV infection.

He stressed that in order to achieve total eliminate HIV transmission by the year 2030, no one should be left behind in the provision of SRH services.

SRH Africa Trust has applauded Malawi for making noticeable strides towards a full recognition of health rights for key populations such as sex workers and homosexuals.

SRH African Trust Monitoring and Evaluation Officer Mr. Williet Lumbe has observed a significant drop in stigma rendered on minority groups upon accessing health services which he describes as a necessary step towards the elimination of HIV transmission by 2030.

He says currently, minority groups including homosexuals and sex workers are freely accessing health care without facing any form of homophobia initially propelled by health workers and even the community at large.

Mr. Lumbe made the remarks on Thursday in Thyolo during a medical practitioners’ training on the provision of equitable access to quality health care among key populations such as gays and sex workers.

“Malawi is one of the countries with highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rate among Men who have Sex with Fellow Men (MSM). But with the easy accessibility to SRH services that the MSMs are having, we are in the right track towards curbing further spread of HIV,” he said.

The training came under a Global Fund programme termed ‘Towards TB/HIV Epidemic Control in Malawi: Bringing Innovations to Scale’, which among others seeks to reduce HIV related mortality and minimize new

Thyolo District Director of Health Services Dr. Arnold Jumbe said there is a need to provide equal treatment to minority groups who basically are at a higher risk of HIV infection.

He stressed that in order to achieve total eliminate HIV transmission by the year 2030, no one should be left behind in the provision of SRH services.

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