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Malawi Interfaith Aids Association

An empowered interfaith community that is productive in HIV and AIDS and health management.

The Malawi Interfaith AIDS Association (MIAA), initially called the Interfaith HIV and AIDS Secretariat, was established towards the end of 2003 with support from the Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) as an interfaith service agency to facilitate a united commitment of Faith Communities in the struggle against HIV AND AIDS. This was out of the realization that the faith communities have strengths, credibility, and are grounded in communities offering them the opportunity to make a real difference in combating HIV and AIDS. The next step, after having established MIAA as an organization, was to prepare a Strategic Plan which could spell out the strategic direction and the road map for the smooth implementation of its activities.

The MIAA Story

This is the story of MIAA’s beginnings:

  • First envisioning process took place in May 2004 at Kalikuti Hotel. This was in two phases: first phase was creating a road-map for MIAA attended by senior religious leaders chaired by His Lordship Archbishop Tarcizius Ziyaye. The second phase was the one that was attended by Programme Officers from Mother Bodies who strategized the vision developed by their heads technically. This process was supported by two consultants from Norway, took 4 days.
  • In December 2004, the Programme Technical Committee members met in Salima to complete the remaining work.
  • In September 2005, Mrs. Bertha Sefu and Mr. Adil Chilungo were consulted to organise consensus building workshops aimed at looking at the available draft with an aim of polishing it up and thereafter

Mobile Courts Initiative

Malawi Interfaith AIDS Association (MIAA) is implementing the “Strengthening Justice for Children” project with support from CDC through CHAM.

Engaging Leaders

To incorporate programing and policies to change the trajectory of violence against children in areas of high HIV burden.

Engaging Stakeholders

To understand the barriers/gaps in the criminal justice chain of action in the management of sexual violence against children.

District Monitoring

MIAA carried out monitoring exercises in the districts where the mobile courts trials had commenced.

Changing Communities

Changes are happening in the communities as a result of having these courts take place right where the people are.

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