The Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) joined the rest of the world in commemorating the World Aids Day. The day which is commemorated each year on 1st December across the world, was this year commemorated by the MBS on the 21st December, 2019 at C.C.A.P Likhubula in Mulanje district. This year’s theme was “Communities make the difference”. Before the presentations, the Malawi AIDS Counselling Resource Organization (MACRO), Malawi Business Coalition against Aids (MBCA) and the MBS staff had a chance to hike to “Dziwe la Nkhalamba” which is located within Mulanje Mountain.
Commenting on the theme, MBS Deputy Director General, Mr Willy Muyila, said that there was a need to promote the theme with various activities and messages that encourage people to demonstrate their solidarity in the response against the epidemic. The Deputy Director General further emphasized on the importance of HIV testing and encouraged the participants to get tested so that they can know their HIV status. “HIV testing is a get way to accessing treatment and ensuring that all people living with HIV can live healthy and productive lives. It is also crucial `in empowering people to make choices about HIV prevention so that they can protect themselves and their loved ones from HIV infection”, he said.
MBCA’s presentation was about Diabetes and Cancer while MACRO presented on the ways of contracting HIV, how one can prevent it, and the importance of taking Anti Retro Viral drugs.