50+ Population Encouraged on Health Seeking Behavior
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The ‘Supporting timely screening and diagnosis of HIV and AIDS, early ART initiation and good ART adherence for the 50+ population experiencing NCDs and intersectional vulnerability’ Project held awareness campaigns on SRH, health-seeking behavior, older People Living with HIV’s rights, and healthy lifestyle for HIV+ persons aged 50+.

The campaigns took place on the 4th and 5th of August 2022 in Mangochi and Zomba respectively. Speaking at the campaigns, Zomba District Council’s Director of Health and Social Services, Dr. Alexander Chijuwa, called on health workers to give elderly persons special attention to ensure they receive quality care and treatment.

The campaigns took place on the 4th and 5th of August 2022 in Mangochi and Zomba respectively. Speaking at the campaigns, Zomba District Council’s Director of Health and Social Services, Dr. Alexander Chijuwa, called on health workers to give elderly persons special attention to ensure they receive quality care and treatment.

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He further states that other health workers fail to provide health care and treatment to the elderly due to a lack of specialization in caring and treating for elderly persons. “There are some health workers who were not adequately trained to care and treat elderly persons,” said Chijuwa.

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MANEPO executive director, Andrew Kavala, also called for the government and organizations to allow elderly persons in development programs saying that elderly persons need to be included in all community-level activities.

There were health talks on Non-Communicable Diseases, HIV/AIDS, Nutrition, and Sexual Reproductive Health.

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The campaign was graced by different stakeholders from the community, older people representatives, media, DHO staff, and the Council chair for Mangochi as the guest of honor. The campaign also had a performance by Ngwenya and Bauleni, and primary school pupils with poetry- they all stressed on equal access to health services for the elderly, promoting their rights and healthy lifestyles. The event had about 300 people in attendance in Mangochi and 350 people in Zomba.