The Coalition of Women Living with HIV/AIDS (COWLHA) (Malawi), the Coalition for the Empowerment of Women and Girls (CEWAG) (Malawi) and the Program for Vulnerable Women and Children (PVCW) (Zambia) will seek to improve the health and nutritional status of women of reproductive age living with HIV and children under 5 living with or affected by HIV through two key areas of intervention:
- Increasing knowledge and uptake of prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) services
- Increasing nutritional knowledge and access to nutritional supports
Each organization will work with support groups in 3 different districts to implement project activities. Support groups typically have about 30 to 40 members, 90 percent of which are women. The three partners will work collaboratively on material development and sharing experiences, and will implement activities separately in the 3 districts.
The men and women who will be trained in each activity are to be identified through pre-existing support groups. Different men and women will be identified and trained for each activity in order to avoid over burdening a small group of women, and to build stronger, equitable community systems by engaging more women in leadership roles and access to skills development. The men and women engaged and trained in different activities will work collaboratively within the support groups to offer skill and knowledge development and ongoing support to the women in the support groups.
- Dowa and Ntchisi, Malawi
- Mpika District, Zambia