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THE MALAWI BUSINESS COALITION AGAINST HIV/AIDS (MBCA). VIDEO CONFERENCE DIALOGUE ON PRIVATE SECTOR HIV/AIDS RESPONSE: OBSTACLES AND SUCCESSFUL PRACTICES FOR PARTNERSHIP 21 ST MARCH 2007. 1.0 INTRODUCTION. The MBCA was established in 2003

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the malawi business coalition against hiv aids mbca

THE MALAWI BUSINESS COALITION AGAINST HIV/AIDS (MBCA)

VIDEO CONFERENCE DIALOGUE ON PRIVATE SECTOR HIV/AIDS RESPONSE: OBSTACLES AND SUCCESSFUL PRACTICES FOR PARTNERSHIP

21ST MARCH 2007

1 0 introduction
1.0 INTRODUCTION
  • The MBCA was established in 2003
  • An NGO mandated by the Malawi Government and the private sector to coordinate the private sector’s HIV/AIDS response in the workplace
  • MBCA’s mission is to mobilize, coordinate and advocate for the development and implementation of HIV/AIDS policies and programmes that ensure the sustenance of businesses and lives of employees and their families in Malawi
  • Currently has a membership of 46 companies
2 0 mbca s partnership networks
2.0 MBCA’s PARTNERSHIP NETWORKS
  • The Global Business Council
  • The Pan African Business Coalition
  • The Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MCCCI). MBCA actually evolved from the MCCCI
  • MBCA’s members include multi national organizations like Unilever SEA, Illovo, Limbe Leaf Tobacco Company and others. Some of these were instrumental in the setting up of the MBCA
2 0 mbca s partnership networks cont d
2.0 MBCA’s PARTNERSHIP NETWORKS cont’d
  • Ministry of Health especially the HIV/AIDS Unit and the National AIDS Commission mostly in coordinating the ARV programme
  • Regulatory bodies like Pharmacies, Medicines and Poisons Board, Medical Council of Malawi and the Nurses and Midwives Council
  • NGOs like MACRO, PSl, BLM
3 0 most successful programmes
3.0 MOST SUCCESSFUL PROGRAMMES
  • ART programme for the private sector clinics and currently working with 38 clinics
  • Inclusion of ARVs on medical scheme (Medical Aid Society of Malawi)
  • Currently over 3,500 clients on ARVs in the private sector.
  • Leadership trainings for Chief Executive Officers
  • Development of workplace policies and programmes
  • Training of Trainers in Peer Education
  • Meetings on a quarterly basis and working with all partners in planning, implementation and reporting
  • Funding is from the NAC
4 0 challenges
4.0 CHALLENGES
  • Funding: need for more donors to support MBCA activities
  • Capacity of the Secretariat: can be overcome with more funding to scale up
  • Lack of top management support for workplace HIV/AIDS programmes in some organizations: need to continually sensitize them
5 0 main benefits to members partners
5.0 MAIN BENEFITS TO MEMBERS/PARTNERS
  • ARV programme to all members
  • Capacity building to all members
  • Quarterly meetings present advocacy forum on relevant issues
  • Resource Centre for HIV/AIDS materials
  • Representation of private sector needs in national HIV/AIDS programming and policy development forums
6 0 main benefits to mbca
6.0 MAIN BENEFITS TO MBCA
  • Sharing of relevant information and best practices
  • Access to IEC materials
  • Funding source
7 0 opportunities next steps
7.0 OPPORTUNITIES/NEXT STEPS
  • Continued support from the Government of Malawi and NAC
  • Recognition of MBCA by the private sector companies as their HIV/AIDS coordinating body
  • Condom programming
  • Advocacy
  • Capacity building in HIV/AIDS programming
  • ART programme
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