Malawi. Government, 2000.
HIV/AIDS prevention and care programmes, projects and activities.
Publication of the Malawi National HIV/AIDS Strategic Framework 2000-2004 is a culmination of a national process which started in February, 1998. The Framework is to serve as a basis for the formulation of HIV/AIDS prevention and care programmes, projects and activities during the planned period. It defines guiding principles, goals, objectives and strategies for improved planning, management and evaluation of interventions addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic.The Framework will guide stakeholders, including the public and private sectors, non-governmental organizations, formal community based organizations and communities nation-wide. By its design the Framework captures the multisectoral and multi-disciplinary nature of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and tackles both the bio-medical, and the social, cultural, economic and political factors which together determine its course and impact.Given the complexity of issues, problems and concerns to be addressed, and the many stakeholders called to action, the Framework further elaborates the institutional arrangements necessary to marshal all energies and resources and exploit effectively the principle of comparative advantage.The approach for developing the Framework is adopted from the HIV and Development Capacity Building Initiative of the UNDP, and utilizes social mobilization methodologies to capture generative community and institutional perspectives to draw implications for collective action.The Framework is people centred. It emphasizes, in its projected output: capacity building for increased understanding and analysis of issues; effective utilization of existing socio-cultural capital; mobilization and utilization of locally available resources; broad based stakeholder and community participation; and on-going social mobilization of individuals, families, communities and institutions for collective responses to the challenges HIV/AIDS epidemic poses.
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