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FIEBRE in practice: Malawi FIEBRE visit to William village, TA Katunga

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fiebre for web and intranetOn 8 February 2019, MLW received three visitors from London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine namely: Amit Bhasin, Ruth Lorimer and Rebecca Handley. Together with FIEBRE Study staff, they visited William Village, in the Traditional Authority of Katunga, where they went to study participant’s house to find out what she understands about the study and to see how people in the community perceive the FIEBRE study.

 

On arrival at the village, they were received by the village headwoman, the participant and her children. The meeting ended successfully with smiles and handshakes.

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HIV/Aids Workplace Policy Successfully Launched at MLW

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hiv policy for web and intranetMLW successfully launched its HIV/Aids Workplace Policy on 4 April 2019. The Policy was written to ensure effective prevention of new HIV infections and reduce the impact of HIV/Aids among MLW employees. 
 
Some of the activities during the event included a testimony by Sosten Manyungwa who has been living with HIV and is on Antiretroviral Treatment, comedy by Frank Chikapa and Vicia Mbwelera.  There were also Beni and Mbotoska dances by Dikamawoko and MLW dancers, poetry by Mike Mautanga and music by John Ndaferankhande and Wilson Namathimba.
 
The event was graced by the Blantyre District Health Officer as the guest of honour. Deputy Director Henry Mwandumba gave a speech on the need to have the policy and how it would contribute to positive culture towards opening up and accepting people living with HIV within MLW. 
 
The event, which was patronised by about 200 staff, had follow up activities which included distribution of condom and HIV self-testing kits. 
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MLW Participates in Public Engagement Discussion During Policy Engagement Meeting in Lilongwe

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Rodrick Policy Engagement MeetingThe Wellcome Trust (WT) in collaboration with the Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust (MLW) and the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) conducted a Policy Engagement Meeting at Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe from 25 February to 27 February 2019.


This was a follow up meeting to the inaugural policy engagement gathering that took place in London in June 2018. The meeting aimed at building capacity and skills on policy engagement amongst patrons from different institutions including government and international partners of MLW.


The meeting had representatives from the Ministry of Health (MoH), MLW, College of Medicine, AFIDEP, WT, International Network of Government Science Advice (INGSA), Evidence Informed Decision-making Network for Health Policy Practice in Malawi (EVIDENT), OUCRU, AHRI, India Alliance, KWTRP and Health Economics and Policy unit (HEPU).


One of the notable sessions during the meeting was a panel discussion themed “Bringing Public Voices into Policy Engagement” which had representation of Dr. Deborah Nyirenda and Rodrick Sambakunsi from MLW. The session aimed at bringing the expertise and experiences of public engagement practitioners to find common ground for policy engagement discourse.