In the Usisya area of Malawi, the PFP and Temwa film, Banthu Ngati Ise (People Like Us) is having a dramatic effect in combating the stigma which normally discourages people from going for HIV testing. The film, although only part of the whole Temwa HIV & AIDS awareness programme, is now said by Temwa to be undoubtedly their most powerful tool.
Following each screening, the Temwa facilitators hold a discussion and, in view of the stigma which surrounds HIV, they have been amazed to find that, after seeing the film, people are actually asking for a testing unit to come to their village – even before the idea has been suggested to them.
A member of the Temwa field staff writes –
“It is actually very encouraging and inspirational hearing participants demanding for Voluntary Counselling and Testing services just after watching the HIV/AIDS stigma reduction film before even informing them of the objective of the sensitisation meeting. In each and every session participants, who usually include village headmen, are given a chance to ask questions, or comment or spot out any issues raised in the film. Showing an HIV/AIDS Film has proved to be a very effective tool for making people go for VCT as they are first exposed to realities of how other people are living healthily and positively with the virus. The film also gives them hope that having the virus does not necessarily mean one is going to die in the shortest time period. ”
Temwa went back to one such community with 100 test kits – and found that this was not enough!
In Malawi, ARV drugs are available free to those who have tested positive and these, together with the counselling available, can enable these people to live much longer
and healthier lives.
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