Mwanza Blue Box first opened its doors in 2005 and started as the flagship clinic of a brand new initiative led by the World Food Program (WFP) and TNT with a simple, yet unique, idea in mind: connecting hard-to-reach populations with essential health services. Ten years after, the Mwanza Blue Box has been re-branded, renamed…

My memories of standing on the side of the road with my long cricket kit bag in tow were rekindled when I took a trip to Malawi recently in the name of cricket, HIV and AIDS awareness.

On 26-27 August, North Star Alliance and global security services company G4S teamed up to conduct cricket clinics with young people focused on raising awareness about sexually transmitted infections (STI) and HIV in Malawi, and about North Star Alliance’s local roadside health clinic. The event was hosted by Mpumelelo “Pommie” Mbangwa, a former cricketer with…

This photo was taken in Mwanza, Malawi by Audhriech-Kadyakapita, North Star Alliance clinician at our Mwanza Wellness Centre, where, this week, we launched a brand new HIV testing centre (on the right side). The opening of this new HIV Testing Centre is both exciting and significant, not only because it will allow us to greatly…

World AIDS Day 2010 - Mwanza Malawi - North Star Alliance

In honour of the 30th Anniversary of AIDS, we thought we would feature one of our favourite photos from a North Star Alliance World AIDS Day campaign run at our Mwanza Roadside Wellness Centre in Malawi this past December. As part of our campaign, Audhriech, a North Star Alliance Clinical Officer spent time speaking to…

Truck parked at North Star Alliance Mwanza Clinic in Malawi

Malawi was the place where the first Wellness Centre was implemented in 2005. Now in 2011, the Centre is still up and running with some of the most experienced staff in the organization and I am proud of them because they understand the meaning of their work: they are the ones who change hundreds of lives, of truck drivers, and sex workers…and those of the many other “target group” members that benefits from our services.

Making the decision to get tested for HIV can be difficult. For many, it means confronting not only the status of their own health, but their social status within a community as well. Ensuring that every community has access to high quality information, counseling, and medical care is, therefore, paramount to reducing not only the number of new infections, but the overall health and wellbeing of a community.

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