U.S. Ambassador Funds Nine Disability Oriented Organizations

Lilongwe – United States Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer today awarded MK 59.5 million to nine organizations working with people with disabilities across Malawi through the U.S. Ambassador’s HIV/AIDS Small Grants Fund.

Speaking to representatives from the organizations that received grants, Ambassador Palmer said, “People with disabilities are equal citizens of Malawi and the world, who are entitled to the same rights and privileges as all people in terms of education, health, and economic opportunities. No one deserves to be stigmatized by their disability and HIV status. I believe the innovative initiatives you are starting with these grants will have significant impact in your communities, especially in regard to the empowerment of people with disabilities.”

For the past three years the U.S. Ambassador’s HIV/AIDS Small Grants Fund has targeted organizations benefiting people with disabilities with the aim of increasing their access to health services and economic empowerment to fully contribute to society and Malawi’s prosperity. This year’s grants to nine organizations will improve the lives of over 7,500 people with disabilities across Malawi.

The grantees are: the Community Health and Environmental Care Trust (CHECT) from Lilongwe, Communities in Development Activities (COIDA) and Embangweni Mission Hospital from Mzimba, Foundation for Civic Education and Social Empowerment from Balaka, Nayuchi AIDS Network Services in Machinga, Foundation for Community and Capacity Development in Nkhotakota, Ntchisi Evangelical Churches for Social Services, Partners in Health in Neno, and Sub T/A Mpunga Village Development Committee in Chiradzulu.

Background

The U.S. Ambassador’s HIV/AIDS Small Grants Fund is a program under the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan of AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) that funds small and innovative community-driven projects in Malawi.

In 2014, ASGF provided grants totaling over 55 million Kwacha to fifteen community-based organizations. These fifteen projects have reached over 15,575 children and adults with disabilities and their caregivers with HIV education in an accessible form of communication.  In addition, 5,998 people with disabilities accessed HIV testing and counseling, 578 people were economically empowered, and 1533 children gained access to psychosocial support and assistive devices that help them to improve their mobility and access to the social services.

Since the PEPFAR program began in Malawi in 2006, the U.S. has invested more than $550 million to combat HIV and AIDS.  Working in partnership to advance the programs of the Government of Malawi, PEPFAR supports projects implemented by the Ministry of Health, District level Health Offices, civil society, health facilities and hospitals, training institutions, colleges, laboratories and smaller community based organizations such as yours. PEPFAR will invest a further $130 million, over MK76 billion to combat HIV/AIDS in Malawi this year.

Contacts:        Edward J. Monster – Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy

Marcus Muhariwa – Information Specialist, U.S. Embassy

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