Sustainable Development Initiative has drilled health workers in Chikwawa to provide support to people living with HIV during disasters.
Speaking on Tuesday during the training at Nchalo, the organisation’s programmes manager Praise Mwenegamba said people living with HIV fail to access health care during disasters.
He said: “When disasters such as floods strike, about 35 000 people living with HIV in the district struggle to access health care services.
“The uptake and adherence to antiretroviral treatment is also compromised. This leads to some psychological disorders among people living with HIV.”
Mwenegamba said they will engage frontline health workers to ensure that they provide health care and treatment to the people all the time.
A senior health surveillance assistant at Ngabu Rural Hospital, Willy Limited, commended the organisation for the training.
“We have acquired skills to provide support to people living with HIV during disasters and emergencies,” he said.
The training was supported by Viiv Health Care from Britain.