Men's Sexual Health

This program provides opportunities for the MSM community to develop their knowledge and interpersonal social skills that can enable them to make informed decisions about their sexual health.

A 2009 United States Department of State Human Rights Report on Malawi which found that ‘‘societal violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation occurred’’ and stated that ‘‘approximately 34 percent of gay men in the country had been blackmailed or denied services such as housing or healthcare due to their sexual orientation’’

CEDEP's Men's Sexual Health program involves sexual health workshops, distribution of condoms and lubrication to MSM individuals.

Peer Education

CEDEP has a peer education programme for Sex workers and MSM. Peer educators make a valuable contribution to our sexual health programme. The peer educators are trained on various aspects of peer education which include communication skills, life and facilitation skills, assertive skills, peer education concept and behavioral change.

They are tasked with education of their peers on HIV/AIDS in their respective locations. Peer educators are also responsible for facilitation of focus group discussions during workshops and distribution of information, education and communication (IEC) materials and safer sex sachets to their peers. The safer sachets include: safer sex messaging, condoms and lubricants.

Resource Centre Services

CEDEP runs a resource centre where MSM and Sex workers communities are able to access information on various issues. The resource centre is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The centre has books, brochures and magazines where people can read and borrow.

Bring 2 Life

  This is a program that provides safe environment for LGBT and sex workers to discuss issues affecting them. The program involves watching documentaries followed by discussion of thematic areas, discussions arising from topical issues.

VCT Clinic

CEDEP has a VCT Clinic that offers friendly services to MSM community.

Advocacy And Lobbying

This program involves awareness campaign through workshops, targeted meetings, conferences, print and electronic media on the rights of minority groups in Malawi. Such minority groups are LGBT, Sex workers and prisoners.

Research

Research is one of the core areas of CEDEP. In 2008, CEDEP in collaboration with the Open Society Institute and the Sexual Health and Rights Project, USA, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, USA, Center for Public Health and Human Rights, USA, and Open Society Institute of Southern Africa (OSISA), conducted an HIV sero prevalence study among 200 MSM in Malawi. The study suggested that MSM are also at risk for HIV infection, and that these epidemics may be propagated by a lack of targeted prevention programming and social marginalization. Result analysis revealed an HIV prevalence of 21.4 %( 43/201), with 95.3% unaware of their HIV status (41/43). The survey further revealed that there is low and inconsistent condom use, MSM are particularly reluctant to reveal their sexual orientation to a healthcare staff. This attitude is linked to fear of being rejected and lack of trust in the health care system. MSM have also low knowledge on how they can protect themselves from HIV/AIDS and STIs. Sex with multiple partners is also common.