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Many of the photos of Malawi used courtesy of Kristen Ashburn.
When examining the status of the HIV and AIDS pandemic in Malawi, the gendered status of the infection is often overlooked. A closer view of the situation reveals that the women of Malawi are disproportionately impacted by HIV and AIDS.
A new article from Medicins Sans Frontieres, the international humanitarian aid organization better known to some as Doctors Without Borders, warns that due to budget shortfalls, several African countries may be disqualified from HIV/AIDS funding in the near future.
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To date, a majority of the response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic has focused on treating women and children. Concentrating medical care on this vulnerable population is a smart, effective policy that will prove crucial to stopping the spread of the virus. However, these programs often fail to reach sex workers, a high-risk population that must be engaged if we are to have any hope of containing the spread of the virus.
My birthday this week was such a blessing for me. I was surrounded by dear friends, my loving family, and by you. The notes I received from the Raising Malawi family were simply beautiful—both in their kindness and their concern for the children of Malawi. Thank you for making my birthday so special.
The teachers from the Melete Foundation have posted photographs of their trip on Flickr. If you have not already, you should take the time to go through this amazing collection of images. It is truly heartwarming and inspiring.
The Melete Foundation's International Teacher Development fellows have hit the ground running! While in Malawi, the teachers are using a journal to record their thoughts, observations and experiences.
Raising Malawi recently conducted the following interview with a Millennium Promise site leader on the ground in Gumulira, a Millennium Village supported by our foundation. Since the program first started in 2006, the progress has been truly staggering.
You did it! Last night I Am Because We Are was a winner at the VH1 Do Something Awards because of your votes. The movie took home the top honor in the "Docu Style" category. Director Nathan Rissman and the team would like to send a special thanks to all our supporters for making this possible.
It gives us great pleasure to announce that three American high school teachers arrived in Malawi last week to launch the Melete Foundation's inaugural International Teacher Development program.
The National Institutes of Health has awarded Michigan State professor Terrie Taylor $9.1 million to help put an end to the malaria epidemic raging in Malawi. The numbers are startling: about one-third of Malawians contract malaria every year; the vast majority of the disease’s victims are vulnerable children.
Just a reminder that VH1 nominated I Am Because We Are for a Do Something! award, and voting closes tomorrow. We need you to vote!
This year’s surplus harvest of grain means that there is enough food for all Malawians in need of aid. But there’s a hitch: Malawi has no money to transport the food to those who need it.
As a new member of the Medical Advisory Committee of Raising Malawi, it is an extraordinary honor for me to launch a new initiative for the control and elimination of the neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Research indicates that NTDs are among the most common afflictions of the poorest people of Malawi and a key reason why the poorest people of Malawi cannot escape a vicious cycle of disease and poverty.
While there has been much good news to report from Malawi and Africa lately, we must remember there is plenty of work to be done. Last week Thierry Durand, an operations director for Doctors Without Borders, wrote that it is time to acknowledge clear "systemic failures in measles prevention programs" in Africa.
Two new studies have discovered that anti-retrovirals can effectively eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV during breastfeeding.