Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) last Friday handed over its Thyolo-based HIV and Aids programme to the Ministry of Health, its partner in the implementation of the 18-year programme.
The organisation says following the project, Thyolo district has 42 000 people on HIV treatment, making it the district with the largest group of people on antiretroviral (ARV) treatment in a rural area in Malawi.
MSF project coordinator Sarah Daho said in a statement on Tuesday that the programme had achieved a number of milestones since its inception in the district.
“The milestones include the provision of free life-saving HIV treatment since 2007, the expansion of quality HIV care to every facility in the district since 2011 and the introduction of community-based HIV drug delivery models,” said Daho.
Thyolo district health officer (DHO) Michael Murowa commended MSF for the support saying it created success in Aids and Tuberculosis (TB) treatment in the district. n