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Project information

ARV treatment for Children living with HIV/AIDS

In 2005 WMF launched a paediatric HIV/AIDS programme in the rural district of Nkhotakota. The program treats opportunistic infections, provides the lifesaving antiretroviral therapy (ART) and psychosocial support to children living with AIDS.

This is a long term project that needs ongoing support

Charity information: World Medical Fund for Children

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  • Need


    Malawi has one of the highest rates of HIV/ADS infection in the world and a large number of those infected are children. Without treatment, infants infected with the AIDS virus will simply die before reaching their 2nd birthday. The government hospitals and health centres have a severe shortage of staff and often lack medicines to treat basic ailments. In 2005 World Medical Fund started providing antiretroviral therapy to children living with AIDS. We currently provide ARVs to 171 children.


    There is no cure for HIV/AIDS but giving those children access to antiretrovirals can help them combat the virus and enable them to live longer and healthier lives.At World Medical Fund's Thandizo Centre we do not just provide the potent medicines but we also provide a safe haven where children can meet and interact with their peers. We also offer counselling and to their families and carers and deliver vital public health education to their communities.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Reduce the number of children dying from AIDS related illness.


    » Provide the children living with AIDS with the antiretroviral medicines and nutritional support.

    What success will look like

    Success is the number of children still alive in 5 years +.

    Aim 2

    Ensure 100 percent adherence.


    » Regular monitoring of the children's progress.We do not just dish out medicines to children; we take a holistic approach to the delivery of ARVs.

    What success will look like

    Success is children not missing their appointment reviews.

  • Impact


    The project demonstrates that with access to the right medicines, regular counselling and monitoring, children with AIDS can resume and lead a normal life. More importantly, by providing HIV/AIDS education to the communities we can prevent stigma and new rates of infection.


    There is no cure yet for HIV and those infected will need to be on treatment for the rest of their lives.
    Lack of funding remains a high risk.


    We will adapt our reporting system to the needs of our donors.
    We produce detailed reports on the children's progress and these can be passed on to the donors.
    Donors are invited to visit the project and we can advise on this.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £14,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,500 Medicines Cost of medicines for 1 year for 2n
      £9,000 Programme Delivery Staff costs, training, mentoring
      £2,500 Monitoring Monitoring, evaluation, reporting costs
  • Background


    Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world and Nkhotakota is one of the poorest district in the central region of Malawi.
    The majority of the population are subsistence farmers.


    Babies and children living with HIV/AIDS. Their families/guardians will also benefit from our public health education programme.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have been successfully delivering antiretroviral therapy to children since 2005. We work hand in hand with the local community and report directly to the Ministry of Health.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.



    A proven track record in the delivery of HIV/AIDS education and in the delivery of paediatrics antiretroviral therapy.

Our work


Provides treatment for 1 child for 12 months