Dignitas International

Impact Fellow in the Spotlight

Impact Fellow in the Spotlight

With Dignitas International operating in a context of global health challenges, we see the potential that fostering and igniting innovative ideas can have in transforming the way health care is approached globally. Our Ideas 2 Impact (i2i) Lab, led by Dignitas’ Josh Berman, develops new approaches to identified global health challenges, and potential solutions to

Option B+ Lowers HIV Transmission Rates to 3.9% in Malawi

  Each year there are 240,000 new HIV infections among children under 14 in developing countries. Without treatment, 80% will die by the age of five. Prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV is crucial to ending AIDS as a public health treat by 2030. To support Malawi’s bold efforts to build an AIDS-free generation, Dignitas works

Give a Day to World AIDS Day

Give a Day to World AIDS Day

One day can change the world. That’s the vision for the Give a Day campaign that is happening in workplaces and communities across Canada today, World AIDS Day. This Canadian grassroots response to the global HIV epidemic started in 2004 as a challenge to give one day’s pay on December 1st to stand in solidarity

The Path to an AIDS Free Generation: Teen Club Study

The Path to an AIDS Free Generation: Teen Club Study

Today is World AIDS day, and globally there are an estimated 36.7 million people living with HIV. While there have been massive strides made in the global response over the last decade, HIV is still the leading cause of death for African teenagers, and in fact increased between 2001 – 2012, contrary to a global

Help Women in Africa to Beat Cervical Cancer

Help Women in Africa to Beat Cervical Cancer

Despite being fully preventable and treatable if caught early, more women in Malawi die from invasive cervical cancer than anywhere else in the world. For women living with HIV, the risks are even greater. That’s why we’re running a project to help women in Malawi beat cervical cancer. We need your help to reach out

Expert Clients: Helping People living with HIV stay on Treatment

Expert Clients: Helping People living with HIV stay on Treatment

Dignitas International encourages greater involvement of people living with HIV in the delivery of health care. This is the underlying principle behind our Expert Client program. An Expert Client is a person who is HIV+ and has openly declared their status. The most important role of an Expert Client is to inspire others to seek

The Music of Zomba Central Prison

The Music of Zomba Central Prison

James Justin is a 39-year-old inmate at Zomba Central Prison, Malawi’s only maximum-security facility. Built in 1935 for about 400 inmates, James is one of 2,400 prisoners that now reside in the decrepit and overcrowded facility. Known as a home to people convicted of serious crimes, the Prison is also widely recognized for its successful

Teen Club: Supporting Adolescents with HIV

Teen Club: Supporting Adolescents with HIV

HIV+ youth are particularly vulnerable to stigma and discrimination from friends, family and community members. At the age of 15, Mada tested positive for HIV and faced stigma and discrimination at school and her in the community in Phalombe District, Malawi. “I was the laughing stock among my peers. I was ridiculed because I was

What a little moonlight can do: HIV treatment for people on the margins

What a little moonlight can do: HIV treatment for people on the margins

While 5pm is the end of the workday for most staff at Dignitas International (DI) in Malawi, this isn’t the case for George Mulewa. Trained in Key Population and Sexual Reproductive Health, his role usually takes him out after work hours to bars or other “hotspots” that typically have high concentrations of people that face

The impact you powered in 2016

The impact you powered in 2016

2016 was a year of transformation for Dignitas. We’re proud to share with you some highlights of our work from this past year. In our 2016 Annual Report, you’ll see the incredible achievements we made with your support. Please scroll through the stories in the window above to learn more about how we’re transforming health around the world. — Your