ICWSA forms Namibian chapter

05 Jul 2019 19:10pm
WINDHOEK, 05 JUL (NAMPA) – The International Community of Women living with HIV in Southern Africa (ICWSA) held a half-day meeting to formulate a Namibian chapter here on Thursday.
ICWSA is a non-profit regional organisation which operates in nine countries in Southern Africa namely; Namibia, Malawi, Botswana, Eswatini, South Africa, Lesotho, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The Namibian chapter is led by Veronica Kalambi as ICWSA regional board representative and Makeena Henguva as an alternate representative.
Regional director Evelyn Mashamba said in a media statement issued here Friday that the chapter is an organ gearing activities in Southern Africa.
She explained that older women living with HIV felt left out as funding was focused more on younger women, and they need services and funding equally.
She noted that the initiative prioritises to address the issues of victimisation of advocacy groups, equal access to health care and build the movement by setting up country structures, amongst others.
“We are a capacity and movement building organisation through consciousness raising, training, mentoring, communication, leadership development and empowerment,” she stated.
She further said that the organisation also strives to ensure that women living with HIV access quality health care, and that treatments and services are at the forefront of influencing policy and implementation.
The meeting was open to all women living with HIV to make sure their voices are amplified.