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This year’s theme for World AIDS Day is, “Know your status” and it has been proposed because latest data reveals that 9.4 million people living with HIV do not know their status. Knowing one’s status has many advantages and is an essential component of the 90-90-90 UNAIDS strategy which contains goals of reducing new adult infections to 500,000; achieving zero discrimination; and the 90:90:90.

As we commemorate this year’s World Aids Day, UNAIDS is encouraging everyone (young and old) to know their status. It is also encouraging governments and care providers to ensure that all the testing modalities contain the 5Cs (consent, confidentiality, counseling, correct result, connection).

In this special virtual collection we have assembled articles that deal with the subject of HIV/AIDS and have been published in the Malawi Medical Journal over the past 2 years. We hope to continue to raise awareness on the need to improve screening and treatment of people living with HIV and their related co-morbidities as well as identifying appropriate testing, treatment and care pathways for people who have tested positive for HIV that may help inform specific policy decisions and guidelines for people living with HIV….Read articles related to this issue here

World Stroke day 2018

29 October was set aside as the World Stroke Day. This year’s theme is centred on “SUPPORT”, #UpAgainAfterStroke and the campaign aims to raise awareness of key issues and needs of stroke survivors and caregivers, in order to achieve the best possible quality of life after stroke.

Currently, there’s a global health crisis in stroke. It is estimated that 80 million people globally have had a stroke and 50 million stroke survivors live with some form of permanent disability. At a time when the incidence of stroke is declining in high-income countries, low- and middle income countries, especially in Africa, are seeing an increase in the incidence of stroke. This increase is not surprising given that Africa is undergoing an epidemiological transition driven by socio-demographic and lifestyle changes. Furthermore, the persistently high prevalence of HIV infection is also a driver of the stroke incidence, in countries like Malawi. The burden of stroke is made worse in Malawi mainly because of the scarcity of resources needed to curb the epidemic.

As we commemorate this special day, it is exciting to note that the story of stroke care in Malawi will soon change for better. A team of Stroke Professionals from the University College London in the UK has partnered with heathcare professionals from Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in Blantyre, Malawi to set up a stroke unit QECH that will offer cost-effective stroke care services. The project aims at mitigating the devastating effects that stroke victims suffer in Malawi. Across the world, studies have shown that stroke units are a single most important intervention in preventing patients with acute stroke from dying or becoming dependent. Learn more of this project: who are the players, what are aims and long term objectives, how you can support the initiative by visiting their website:

In this virtual issue, we highlight articles on stroke published in the Malawi Medical Journal to raise awareness about this life-threatening condition…Read articles related to this issue here

Women are an important part of society we are proud to participate in women’s awareness day (Malawi’s Mother’s Day Celebrations, October 15th 2017), by introducing this Virtual Special Issue that serves to highlight the health challenges and issues women face.

Gender inequality exists in Malawi that affects women more than men. Women constitute more than half of the total population and are marginalized in social and economic spheres.  Such inequalities impact their determinants to health….Read More



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