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Barriers to Sexual and Reproductive Health/HIV services for Adolescent Girls and Young Women’s Male Sexual Partners in Malawi: Insights from Community Engagement Inquiry

Barriers to Sexual and Reproductive Health/HIV services for Adolescent Girls and Young Women’s Male Sexual Partners in Malawi: Insights from Community Engagement Inquiry

Authors: Y. Nyondo,1 R. Luhanga,1 R. Kundecha,1 L. Muyumbu,2 P. Gwaza,1 K. Chawinga,1 Affiliations 1FHI 360, Zomba, Malawi 2FHI 360,...

IAS 2023 poster

Barriers, facilitators to PrEP uptake and continuation among adolescent girls and young women​

Abstract was presented at IAS 2023, the 12th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science in Brisbane, Australia from 23...

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Accelerating community-level COVID-19 vaccine uptake through engaging traditional, religious, and other community leaders: A review of Malawi EMPOWER program data

In 2021, the USAID-funded EMPOWER project began supporting vaccine uptake, demand generation efforts, and community health workers with District Health Offices in Zomba and Machinga districts in Malawi. The project prioritized demand generation at the community level and supported community health surveillance assistants with vaccination efforts at local health facility level targeting the general population with emphasis on key and priority populations

APHA 2022 Conference

Scaling up Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) among Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) in DREAMS clubs and service delivery adaptations: Malawi EMPOWER Experience.​

The Abstract was presented at the American Public Health Association (APHA) 2022 in Boston, USA between 6 – 9 November...

APHA 2022 Conference

Community based strategies to increase access for HIV self-testing among Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW): Malawi EMPOWER Experience​

The Abstract was presented at the American Public Health Association (APHA) 2022 in Boston, USA between 6 – 9 November...

National symposium for youth and AGYW

Use of Tracker to enhance Oral pre-exposure prophylaxis adherence among Adolescent Girls and Young Women in DREAMS Clubs – Zomba EMPOWER Pakachere experience​

The Abstract was presented at the National Symposium for Youth and AGYW at BICC, Lilongwe on 31 August 2022. Authors:...

National symposium for youth and AGYW

Barriers to Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) among adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) in Machinga: Malawi EMPOWER experience​

The Abstract was presented at the National Symposium for Youth and AGYW at BICC, Lilongwe on 31 August 2022. Authors: John...

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Use of data from DHIS2 to improve project performance for Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) programming: Malawi EMPOWER Experience​

The Abstract was presented at the DHIS2 Annual Conference 2022 at the University of Oslo, Norway between 20 – 23...

IAS 2022 profile

Malawi EMPOWER’s use of demand-creation strategies for sexual and reproductive health services for adolescent girls and young women during COVID-19 in Zomba and Machinga Districts​

Adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) in Malawi bear a disproportionate burden of HIV compared to male peers; HIV prevalence is 2.3 times higher among young women ages 15–24 compared to young men the same age, according to the 2018 Malawi Population-Based HIV Impact Assessment. High access to and utilization of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services among AGYW ages 10–24 requires increased use of demand-creation strategies in communities. This abstract highlights the USAID-funded Malawi EMPOWER Activity’s use of digital platforms in demand-creation strategies to increase SRH service uptake among AGYW in Zomba and Machinga Districts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Use of male champions to improve male involvement in HIV testing: The experience of the Malawi EMPOWER Activity

Men living with HIV in Malawi have low rates of health-seeking behaviors, tend to present at clinics with advanced HIV, and have low viral load suppression rates. Research by the USAID-funded program EMPOWER (Expanding Malawi HIV/AIDS Prevention with local organizations Working for an Effective Epidemic Response) on men’s barriers to HIV services and beneficiary engagement has demonstrated men’s preference for male providers and for flexible and confidential service delivery models. To reach men, EMPOWER provides education on HIV prevention behaviors, creates demand for HIV testing services (HTS), ensures that men know their HIV status, and encourages linkage to treatment and care for HIV-positive men. Here, we describe how EMPOWER contributed to reaching more men with these services.