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HIV/AIDS

The impact of HIV/AIDS is enormous in the whole of Malawi, with an overall HIV prevalence rate of 14.4% (MDHS figures 2004). In Mulanje district the rate is even higher at  20%. The impact on health services is huge – 60% of hospital admissions are HIV related.

HIV Testing and Counselling

HIV testing at MMH

Year
2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Tests 2489 3340 4662 6317 9212 7021 7817 9595
+ve 1,48945% 166250% 208645% 207533% 197221% 193528% 165021% 185519%

Testing and counselling are the gateway to AIDS treatment services. Counseling services include all pregnant women and we also provide special youth counsellors.  Unfortunately in 2009 and 2010 the availability of HIV test kits was a real challenge, leading to a reduction in the number of people tested, but this has improved in 2011.

ART clinic

People on ARVs – cumulative data

2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Total no.  Started 223 528 973 1438 2209 3018 3584 4032
Alive and on ARV treatment 179 373 661 938 1474 2004 2279 3212
Deaths 42(18.8%) 120(22.7%) 219(22.5%) 328(22.8%) 436(19.7%) 568(18.8%) 706(19.7%) 820(20.3%)

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Palliative Care Program

Palliative care, with the overall aim of relieving suffering and promoting quality of life for those who are terminally ill, was introduced at Mulanje Mission Hospital in 2003. The program offers care to AIDS sufferers and those with cancer or other terminal illnesses, and works closely with other services such as the ART and Home …

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