The U.S. Ambassador’s PEPFAR Small Grants Program for HIV/AIDS today issued grants to eleven Non-Governmental Organizations and Community Based Organizations working with grassroots communities from eight districts. The projects are expected to reduce new HIV infections and HIV/AIDS related stigma and discrimination; increase availability of HIV/AIDS services such as Testing and Counselling and condom distribution to key populations and in hard to reach areas in the country; and increase adherence to treatment by people defaulting or on the verge of defaulting treatment.
U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer presided over the signing ceremony in Lilongwe on March 17 saying: “Through these projects, we must reach those most at risk, including adolescent girls and young women, female sex workers, prisoners and other vulnerable groups through targeted interventions and comprehensive care. As we march towards the 90-90-90 goals, we need to find creative ways of making HIV services even more accessible so that clients remain in care and adhere to their treatment. The U.S. will continue to support the people – and government – of Malawi to reach the 90-90-90 targets and ultimately achieve an AIDS-free generation.”