Dignitas International participated in this year’s Malawi Research and Best Practices Dissemination Conference, which took place in Lilongwe’s Bingu International Convention Center on November 24th.
The country’s National AIDS Commission (NAC) organized the Conference.
Chief of Health Services in the Malawi Ministry of Health Dr. Charles Mwansambo was the guest of honour who officially opened the conference. He emphasized the importance of medical research and reiterated the critical role that researchers and academics play in finding many solutions to challenges in the field of health.
“If you think research is expensive, try disease,” said Mwansambo.
Dignitas staff delivered a number if different research presentations at the conference, covering hot-button topics including the integration of non-communicable diseases treatment in HIV clinics, expanding HIV and TB care in prisons, how Dignitas’ Teen Club program benefits its members, and other areas.
A short version of the Make Art Stop Aids (MASA) film, a collaboration between DI and Art and Global Health Centre (AGHC) was also screened at the conference with DI’s Country Director Dr. Megh Raj Jagriti, AGHC’s Director Helen Todd and MASA co-founder Sharifa Abdulla appearing on a panel discussion.
During the panel discussion, Dr. Jagriti said DI acknowledges the role of partnerships when implementing various projects and programs, and also stressed the important role communities play in the context of the overall national response to fighting HIV and AIDS.
Dr. Jagriti further observed that in the context of national response to HIV, there are gaps that need to be filled, hence the importance of collaboration among organizations as well as with government.
DI also provided information about its activities in both Canada and the South East Zone (SEZ) of Malawi at the conference.
The Malawi research conference follows another successful research-related conference at the Malawi College of Medicine (CoM) in Blantyre earlier in November.