CHeRA – Malawi

Project Description

Community Health Rights Advocacy (CheRA)

CHeRA is a male sex worker community led not for profit organization founded by MSW-based in Lilongwe Malawi in 2017. It is currently going through the registration process as an NGO under the laws of Malawi.

CHeRA works with MSW and MSM to raise awareness, capacity building of male sex workers in health rights advocacy, economic empowerment, income source diversification and financial independence and management, rapid response interventions for MSW facing prosecution and documentation of human rights abuses against MSW.

MISSION

To reduce the vulnerability of Male Sex Workers and MSM to abuse and HIV by engaging health care providers, law and policy makers, law enforcers, traditional leaders and the public for inclusivity in all aspects of human development without any form of prejudice or discrimination through feasible community empowerment mechanisms.

VISION

For the enjoyment of human rights for all regardless of their sexual orientation or preferred avenue of employment

Core Values

  • Integrity
  • Transparency
  • Accountability
  • Respect
  • Love
  • Professionalism

SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES

  • To mobilize and sensitize the wider community on sexual reproductive health rights.
  • To promote safer sexual behavioral practices through increasing comprehensive sexuality knowledge and skills among young men.
  • To promote socio-economic independence which leads to the psychological well-being of young men in Malawi.
  • To cultivate collaborative synergies with like-minded and oriented individuals and organizations.
  • Promote evidence-based programming through improved health information management practices in HIV prevention among young men.

Activities 

CHeRA has taken the lead in mobilizing vehicle for the Joint TB/HIV Global Fund Program for the Malawian government. The organization works under SAT Malawi a sub-recipient of the Global Fund Program Funding in raising awareness, building the capacity of MSM community and monitoring the program progress. To date, the organization has trained 50 peer educators and distributed over 6000 condoms and compatible lubricants under this program.

CHeRA has conducted HIV prevention and linkage to treatment outreach campaign targeting MSW in three priority districts of Malawi under a funding arrangement with UNAIDS. The campaigns successfully reached out to over 250 MSW, distributed over 30 000 condoms and lubricants and linked 6 HIV positive MSW to care and treatment on site.