The district has a high population since it is located along the Lake Malawi which is more popular with fishing industry as a source of income to many Malawians. It has a population of 303,659 according to 2008 population census. This region's main ethic group are the Chewa tribe who make up 70% of the pupulation. The other tribes are Tonga and Tumbuka who are in the Northern part of the district. It borders Nkhata-Bay district to the North, Mzimba to the North West Kasungu to the West and Salima District to the south. It also shares international boundary with Mozambique to the East. It is 200 kilometers North West Lilongwe, the capital city of Malawi and 358 Kilometers from Blantyre the main commercial and financial areas of the country.
Moyo Aids Foundation Project Thematic Areas
- Health in prison
- Climate change
Problem Analysis (Justification)
The AIDS crisis is a challenge to the integrity of the communities in Malawi. Communities at large have sometimes been accused of remaining silent for too long about the painful and difficult questions concerning HIV and AIDS and the impact on family life. Critical issues engulfing them are:
- stigmatization and discrimination of people living with HIV and AIDS
- Questions of sin, guilt, shame and suffering
- Various issues of human rights among young people and those intending to enter marriage.
The crisis in general is posing a major development challenge for Malawi in all sectors. Furthermore, the country is one of the hardest hit countries in Sub-Sahara Africa. The HIV/AIDS National Action Framework in Malawi (NAF) 2005-2009 indicates that HIV/AIDS has an estimated national adult prevalence rate of 12 % with 22.8% in the urban areas and 14.5% in the rural areas. Out of 790,000 infected adults amongst them are married couples and singles aged 15 to 49, 58% were women. The Foundation with this reason is there to assist in reducing the spread of new infectious diseases and malaria which are some of the challenging diseases in the targeted communities of Nkhotakota district. The total orphans that lost both parents are 5636, who lost single parents are 15267 either mother or father sourced from the OVC data as of December 2009 from the Nkhotakota district Social Economic Profile (this is for the whole district). HIV prevalence rate is 12% in the district which is threatening life of people in the district that are concerned with HIV and AIDS situation
The foundation has organised health promotional sessions in villages every month in collaboration with the Ministry of Health. These sessions include conducting awareness on family planning methods, counseling and training of infected and affected families in prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, provision of psychological support to families that are keeping orphans and other vulnerable children.
After sessions, attendants are encouraged and assisted to attend family planning services. Short and long term methods are provided by the District Hospital. This array of services is being offered under the tree in some places, others are offered in sheltered venues. It is with this situation that the Moyo Aids Foundation wants the entire community to work together in reducing the burden of ill health, including maternal deaths which are currently crippling the regions progress. Moyo Aids Foundation Community Health Workers work together with the Ministry of Health to make sure there good progress in reinstating the quality of life of the local population and future generations.
Moyo AIDS Foundation provides food to orphaned children in the local area. This service is offered during harvest season with support from the children's guardians and other well wishers in collaboration with Moyo Aids Foundation. Volunteers work together with our staff to fulfill the mission and goal of the Moyo Aids Foundation: to see these orphans and other vulnerable children living in harmony and peace while excising their rights to contribute in the development of the country.
Capacity building is another component that is being promoted by the organization currently training of women in small businesses is taking place so that women and men in households should be fully independent and this is part of project sustainability. Volunteers that are doing this tremendous job most of them are not trained and it is the organization`s wish to build their capacity but due to financial challenge which the country is going through it has not been easy for the organization to source funds within as a result it only managed to source its finances through individual contributions and community.
The Foundation believes in enhancing good partnership with other stakeholders that are working in rural areas where its projects are initiated, this is a community based organization at Khufi which operate its interventions within the area and with support from Moyo Aids Foundation through provision of small items such as salt and laundry soap. Currently it has got 20 people living positively with HIV and AIDS persons who came open to this community based organization During these sessions children are encouraged through dancing, singing cultural songs and drama group performances that are carried out by community members and organizational staff. After the households’ assessments it was observed that some children like these are kept in houses without sending them to a community child care center where some orphans and other vulnerable children are nursed, this is happening because of illiteracy level of the communities
Due to HIV and AIDS pandemic in Nkhotakota Moyo Aids Foundation is trying to allocate some of these children in community based care centers where they upgrade into primary schools after reaching primary school age (06 years). Currently the organization has registered 193 orphans and other vulnerable children. The interesting thing is that communities are not just folding their hands but we recognize their monthly food stuff contributions that are supporting the people living with Hiv/aids, elderly and other disability groups.