Malawi is one of the world’s least developed and most densely populated countries, with a population of just under 14 million people. HIV prevalence rates have risen to an estimated 21%.
The majority of those with HIV are women*.
*UNAIDS 2009 AIDS Epidemic Update and UNAIDS 2008 Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic
|OVERVIEW: (As of July 2012)|
|Adult HIV prevalence*||11%|
*Estimate, UNAIDS Report of the Global AIDS Epidemic 2010
Since its establishment in 2008, the mothers2mothers program in Malawi
has expanded to seven districts in the central and southern regions of the
country. Finding space in Malawi’s clinics for m2m support groups was a
challenge, particularly in the commercial capital, Blantyre. UNICEF
provided an innovative solution - tents for the 32 sites with limited space.
In recent years there has been a significant increase in the uptake of key
services among clients. 2009 data show a doubling of antenatal clients
learning their CD4 count and a quadrupling of women receiving
therapeutic treatment with HAART within a six-month period.
'The education and the follow-up calls were very important to
help clients deal with fear and denial and these barriers we are
talking about [in support groups]…'
(Rosa, Mentor Mother)