The Ana Patsogolo “Children First” Activity (APA) contributes to Malawi’s commitments toward the realization of zero new HIV infections, zero AIDS-related deaths, and zero discrimination, especially as they relate to the most vulnerable children and adolescent girls and young women. These two overlapping populations live with escalated and intersecting risks for HIV infection, gender-based violence (GBV), and poor sexual and reproductive health (SRH).
Our approach of reaching children and adolescents living with HIV—especially AGYW, who make up 70% of new HIV cases—and surrounding them with integrated social protection supports and health services is critical to helping them not only adhere to treatment but also to thrive into adulthood.
World Education's Bantwana Initiative is working with five partners to grow their organizational and technical capacity to implement age-appropriate evidence-based interventions. These strong local partners are well-positioned to carry forward USAID’s investments in Blantyre, Chikwawa, Machinga, Mangochi, and Zomba districts and extend them to Mulanje, Phalombe, and Thyolo through APA.
The Bantwana consortium includes the Catholic Diocese of Chikwawa, Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance of Malawi (GAIA/M), Global Hope Mobilization (GLOHOMO), Malawi AIDS Counselling and Resource Organization (MACRO), and Youth Net and Counselling (YONECO).