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NAC delivers public lecture at MUST

November 22, 2017   Our Reporter
The National AIDS Commission (NAC) on November 16, 2017 delivered a public lecture on various issues around the HIV and AIDS pandemic to students and staff at the Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST). According to Head of Policy Support and Development at NAC, Dr Andrina Mwansambo, the public lectures are targeting institutions of higher education so as to raise awareness on a number of issues around HIV and AIDS. Among others, the public lecture touched on developments around HIV testing services, HIV treatment and post exposure prophylaxis (PEP), sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC). The public lecture was followed by a question and answer session where NAC officials asked participants various questions to check their understanding of the lecture. Participants also asked various questions aimed at seeking clarification on a number of issues, others outside the public lecture. In his closing remarks, University Librarian Mr Martin Thawani thanked NAC for the public lecture, saying much as people know more about HIV and AIDS, there are still many things they can learn from such interactions. He said the various questions from staff and students indicated that there are still many myths around HIV and AIDS that need to be clarified and disputed. After the public lecture, the university’s gate keepers, that included medical staff, members of the student leadership and staff welfare committee, offices for communications, security and the dean of students’ affairs and other representatives, were drilled on the newly launched HIV and AIDS Strategy for Higher Education Institutions. According to NAC’s Head of Partnership and Liaison, Mr Owen Banda, the strategy was developed to deal with unique HIV and AIDS challenges faced by higher education institutions. He hinted that implementation of the strategy will soon be one of the areas considered for accreditation of such institutions by the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE).