By Alice Chunga
Malawi AIDS Counseling and Resource Organization (MACRO) in collaboration with Malawi Defense Force (MDF) have organised aerobics and tag-of- war session to raise funds for a new MACRO clinic.
The session will be held at Lucky One Mall in Lilongwe on November 30 in commemoration of World AIDS Day which falls on December 1.
In an interview with Malawi News Agency (MANA) on Wednesday, MACRO Spokesperson, Pemphero Banda said all proceeds from the event will go towards the construction of a new clinic to be constructed along the bypass road in Lilongwe.
“We are building the new clinic because our current clinic in Malangalanga is rented,” said Banda.
She further said the building is small and does not allow them to have a one-stop centre where they can operate and it does not accommodate many people.
Banda stated that the new clinic would allow them to operate their own laboratory which is not the case presently as they have to go to Kamuzu Central Hospital for the service.
“Additionally, it will house a one-stop centre, pharmacy, laboratory and general antiviral therapy services,” she said.
Staff Officer Directorate of Sports and Culture, Major Lameck Kalenga said they were pleased to assist MACRO with the fundraising activity.
“Considering the noble cause of MACRO services to the nation, it pleased the MDF commander to render a helping hand on the cause,” he said.
The MDF will lead in the aerobics, acrobatics and Tug of War sessions. The minimum entry fee is at K 2,500.
MACRO is a registered non-governmental organisation established in 1995 with the aim to supplement government efforts in addressing issues related to HIV and AIDS in Malawi, including control of the scourge.
They provide HIV testing and counselling services (HTS), clinical services, family planning services, monitoring, evaluation and research, training services and demand creation interventions to promote access to health services.-MANA