has rolled out sensitization campaign amongst its staff members including their spouses in a bid to protect people with Albinism.
The intervention comes barely a week after Malawi’s Civil Society Organization (CSOs) petitioned the Inspector General (IG) of the Malawi Police Service to do more in protecting people with albinism.
The campaign is striving to instill its members with practical information on myth that sleeping with an albino person is cleansing remedy HIV/AIDS.
The station which is the country’s model and SADC region in promotion of child and women rights is also sensitizing the general public on how best children especially in primary schools can be protected from various abuses including rape, torture, and school corporal punishment among others.
The exercise is targeting police officers with their spouses, human rights protection agencies, herbalists, and communities where the station operates including Area 25, 49, 28, 50, 51, Mtandire, Mgona, Msungwi, and Mtema while incorporating three Traditional Authorities (T.As) namely Mtema, Chitukula and Chimutu in Lilongwe district.
The initiative is being organized with technical support from Lilongwe District Health Office in order to reach many people with practical information on people albinism in relation to the pandemic HIV/AIDS.
Speaking in an interview with The Maravi Post over the weekend after training over 30 police officers, Priest Mpemba, Kanego Police Station HIV/AID coordinator emphasized the need for more of its members together with their spouses and supporting staff to get insight on the mist that surrounds the pandemic and people with Albinism.
Mpemba disclosed that the initiative targets over 500 families in the police services with locally sourced fund while calling external financiers to support the campaign.
“The best way to address the killing of albinism is on awareness particularly the myth that when a positive HIV person sleeps with a person with Albinism gets cured. This is mist must be stopped through sensitization hence this exercise.
“With little locally sourced resources, we want to reach more families starting with our on homes while the rest will follow. If we start now especially with women as they stay with children with albinism, definitely, will have a secured nation. This is the reason we appeal for more resources to extend our geographical operation area”, appeals Mpemba.
One of the participants a Mrs. Mambala lauded the station for proving them with critical information which will help in disseminating it further in addressing the myth of albino as cleansing method to HIV/AIDS saying the exercise was timely and practical to the real life situation on the ground.
On the scope of the exercise, Gloria Jeremiah, Lilongwe DHO HIV/Coordinator the training has been designed in such a manner that the communities must difference between best practices on the pandemic prevention measure while protecting lives of albinos.
“People with albinism are the same like us. It’s a total lie that they own cure for HIV and AIDS as until now there’s no direct cure for the pandemic only life prolonging drugs as such we need to live responsibly. This training will go along way to change people’s mindset with the expectation to raise more awareness in protecting people living with Albinos”, assured Jeremiah.
About 18 people with Albinism have been reportedly killed in Malawi since the scourge resurfaced after the incident was dealt with decisively in Tanzania which among others was banning the operation of herbalists.