Malawi: Government to Scale Up HIV Self-Testing

Blantyre in Malawi
Blantyre in Malawi

In its efforts of taking HIV and Aids testing as part of the fight against the scourge, the Malawi Government through the Ministry of Health intends to roll out self-testing facility for HIV in order to enable many people know their status and seek relevant medical attention.

Ministry of Health Chief Director, Bestone Chisamile, disclosed this to members of the press in Lilongwe on Friday at a press briefing on the Africa Public Service Day.

HIV self-testing initiative is a process whereby a person who wants to know his or her HIV status collects a specimen performs a test and interprets the result by himself.

In his statement on some services that the ministry has rendered to the citizenry and accomplishments made so far, Chisamile said the fight against HIV and AIDS remains a high priority for government hence the introduction of the service.

He said the self-testing initiative is an appropriate approach as it will give everyone an opportunity to conduct the test on his or her own.

“The service will roll out soon. Currently, we are developing communication messages that will direct the operations of the service,” he said.