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Malawi National Strategic Framework 2000 - 2004

According to the United Nations Population Division, Malawi's population in 1999 was 10,640,000. Adults, aged 15 to 49, the group most likely to engage in high-risk behavior for HIV infection, represented approximately 44 percent of the total population. The HIV prevalence rate among this group was estimated by UNAIDS to be 15.96 percent. By the end of 1999, 800,000 adults and children were living with HIV and AIDS in Malawi and more than 390,000 children had been orphaned due to AIDS.

 

In response to the epidemic, Malawi developed and implemented the National Strategic Framework for HIV/AIDS, 2000-2004. According to our overview of this plan, Malawi has developed strategies and programs in 17 different areas to address the epidemic. Some examples of those activities are programs that focus on illiteracy, human rights, substance abuse, children, orphans, and mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Special programs have been developed to target youth, media, and widow and widowers.

Malawi UNGASS Country Report

While surveys continue showing that HIV and AIDS knowledge is almost universal, comprehensive knowledge is still low. Disparities still exist in terms of access to the media with more men and urban people being more exposed to HIV and AIDS information compared to women and rural residents, respectively. Despite these problems, over the period 2005-2006 there has been an increase in the number of IEC materials disseminated to end users and the number of radio and TV programmes. There is, however, lack of comprehensive data collection for some indicators such as number of peer educators trained and re-trained and number of sensitization meetings conducted among other media activities.
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