© Gemma Taylor for Frontline AIDS

We’re on the frontline of AIDS in Malawi, working with partners to respond to stigma, discrimination and violence that affects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Although the HIV situation in Malawi is described as a generalised epidemic, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and men who have sex with men (MSM) experience considerable levels of stigma and discrimination, which has knock-on effects on the risk of HIV transmission.

Malawian civil society organisations that are led by, or work with, LGBT and MSM people are eligible to apply for funding from the Rapid Response Fund. The grants can be used to respond to stigma, discrimination, and threats of violence that limit access to HIV services for LGBT and MSM people.

One of the success stories from the Rapid Response Fund in Malawi comes from Matofu and his son Suphi who faced horrendous levels of abuse at a refugee camp in the country. With a grant provided to a Frontline AIDS partner, the pair were supported to move to Canada, where they now have refugee status and Suphi is about to start school.


In Malawi:

  • The percentage of adults reporting discriminatory attitudes towards people living with HIV has increased since 2010.
  • Overall HIV prevalance in the adult population is 9.2 (HIV incidence per 1000 population).
  • 55% of sex workers are living with HIV.
  • There were 38,000 new HIV infections in 2018.

We currently do not have a Linking Organisation in Malawi, but implement our programmes via a number of partners in the country.

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