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Project Mama raises awareness of HIV/Aids

A shirt is presented to a tavern mama

In Malawi, Chibuku Products Ltd owns over 40 beer halls or taverns where local people, usually men, come to drink. Each is operated by a committee of local women or ‘tavern mamas’. Over the past year a project has been undertaken in partnership with MANASO, a national networking organisation for AIDS service organisations in Malawi to train 62 mamas as peer educators at three taverns in Lilongwe.

The primary objective was to raise awareness of HIV/Aids amongst these women to dispel many of the myths around the disease, and for them in turn to share this information with men using the taverns. This included providing information libraries and counseling services linked to each tavern. Feedback from this work has been positive and as a result MANASO are seeking to roll the programme out to all taverns.