Concern as HIV-positive Malawians abandon ARVs on church advice2 Comments

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Posted on 15 May 2014 at 1:46pm

More than 2,600 people living with HIV in Balaka district in southern Malawi have allegedly abandoned the anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs following advice from some religious leaders, APA learnt here Tuesday. Malawi Interfaith AIDS Association (MIAA) executive director Robert Ngaiyaye said the development has led to an increase in AIDS-related deaths in the area.


“The development is undermining efforts by government and other cooperating partners in increasing access to drugs and medication for the condition,” he said.

He said some religious beliefs promoted divine healing without encouraging confirmation by health professionals.

He added that prayers heal, God heals, but need to accept as a religious fact that, it is God’s obligation to effect healing in individual.

Proclamation of healing must be confirmed by health professionals, he added.

Ngaiyaye said people living positively and are on ARVs should analyse the different teachings that they get exposed to and start questioning beliefs that put their lives in danger.

He appealed to religious leaders to promote access to medication and regard promotion of prolonged life as their responsibility.