Prayer Updates
Africa Europe
Malawi Prevention of HIV & AIDS (96654)

In Malawi, the rate of new HIV infections is the highest among youth (15 to 25 years old), with more than 83,000 new infections added per year. After much success with Prevention Awareness through the Arts, the program has scaled up its efforts. To accompany prevention messages through performance art, students will have an opportunity to link to peer education programs and receive appropriate literature in the Chichewa language to encourage behavior change.

The Family life Program gives parents an opportunity to attend Family Life and AIDS Education Seminars to initiate discussions at home. Malawi team members are training peer educators in area churches to host and facilitate courses on AIDS Education among their peers on a regular basis.

”It has been exciting to hear that some of the peer educators have been invited to come and teach lifeskills from a biblical perspective in their local schools. It’s exciting to think what impact these peer educators could make with their friends as they bring relevant health facts and spiritual knowledge into the classes.”

"Feedback from participants who attended the first trainings, and from the wider church have indicated that they now realize that addressing this issue is long overdue and had the potential to make enormous impact on their churches and communities. However, it comes with the realization that this comes as a contradication to their cultural view so we pray for courage, sensitivity and wisdom as they try to be role models and teachers in their villages."

To find out more about Malawi’s Home-Based Care program, visit the SIM Malawi or HOPE for AIDS.



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