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Monitoring of Drug Resistance in HIV-Positive Mothers


Head Association: Community of S. Egidio

Donor: Norwegian Church Aid

Descrizione:  In  Malawi, at the end of 2010 10,6%  of the population was living with HIV, but only 52% of those individuals, approximately 250,987 people, were receiving antiretroviral treatment.

The government faces an incredible difficulty in monitoring all patients under treatment due to a lack of resources. In the entire country there are only four machines that can run Viral Count tests for an always increasing number of HIV-positive individuals. Moreover, in rural areas there is a tendency to use religious “cures” rather than consulting a doctor or medical facility.  The primary objective of this project is to improve the quality of medical treatment by lobbying to increase the amount of resources allocated to all health services.  Therefore it remains urgent to increase various large-scale preventive measures, even if antiretroviral treatment will still have a central role in the project. The planned activities include:

  • Executing Viral Load tests for pregnant women
  • Opening a mobile unit through which DREAM can provide home care in every village
  • Providing all maternity units with a computer and a software able to identify women who are not yet receiving treatment
  • Advocacy on the allocation of resources as well as lobbying, direct meetings and media campaigns to promote adherence to the project


Beneficiaries: 750 women living with HIV

Budget: 223.403€

Location: DREAM Centers in the cities of Blantyre, Mangochi, Nkhotakota in Malati

Project Start Date: 2013

Project End Date:2016

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