Malawi Government has commended the Population Services International Malawi (PSI/Malawi) for the role it plays in preventing the spread of HIV and Aids.
Director responsible for HIV and Aids in the Ministry of Health Dr. Frank Chimbwandira was speaking in Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe, on Friday during the launch of the new improved Chishango condom.
Said Chimbwandira: “PIS continues to partner government in prevention of HIV and Aids through the provision and distribution of condoms. As government, we encourage Malawians on the importance of correct and consistent use of Chishango condoms which have proved to be stronger over the years.”
He said despite efforts to reduce the number of new infections, which he put at 55 000 a year, the figure remains high.
PSI programme manager responsible for condoms Brenda Kamanga said the rebranding of Chishango has taken into consideration target audience’s views.
“The new Chishango is much improved now with a better vanilla flavour. The pack itself contains four condoms instead of three,” said Kamanga.
On Sunday, PSI held an open launch at the Lilongwe Golf Club where Black Missionaries also performed.