Peer Educators: A Key to Ending HIV

Peer Educators: A Key to Ending HIV


As a peer educator for the Jhpiego-supported Gateway Project in Malawi, John Banda* spends nights and weekends scouting Ngabu area bars, sports fields and other community venues, looking to help men in need of HIV prevention or treatment services.   Drawing on his own experience as a gay person living with HIV who, since 2017, has benefited from antiretroviral therapy (ART), the 34-year-old is publicly open and insistent about knowing one’s serostatus and seeking lifesaving care. With homosexuality against the law in his country, John’s work is sensitive.  The aim of this work is preventing and reducing the transmission of HIV, particularly in key

‘Go Girls’ Clubs Aim for Adolescent Health

Blantyre, Malawi — She was not yet 13, and for most of her life, she was sickly. Malaria, diarrhea, fits of coughing and skin irritations often kept her home from school. A trip to the health facility was too far. But a health worker’s visit to her school’s girls club provided answers to the girl’s

Reliable Data, Quality Services in Malawi Lead to HIV Prevention Success

More than 393,000 men and youth in Malawi have received comprehensive HIV prevention services, including voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC), through Jhpiego’s years of commitment to high-quality, client-centered care. The 393,425 clients who voluntarily chose circumcision with Jhpiego represented nearly half of all the VMMCs performed in Malawi over the past 7 years. That’s an