Badilika Foundation

Badilika Foundation

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ACHIEVEMENTS

  • 1. The foundation has distributed 5,292 male and female condoms in the past 5 months out of an annual total of 10,000 condoms among sex workers.
  • 2. Currently, 60% of those working with the Foundation are able to refuse unprotected sex for which clients pay more money than for safe sex.
  • 3. A total of 354 CSWs and their clients have been reached with HIV/AIDS messages.
  • 4. Through mobile HTC campaigns, 60 CSWs and 218 male partners have accessed HIV testing and counseling within the past 5 months.
  • Badilika Foundation has also introduced a referral linkage in conjunction with MACRO, Zingwangwa, Limbe and Blantyre City clinics which assist sex workers to access medical services including family planning services, HIV and STI testing and treatment, as well as cancer screening with total confidentiality.


    Malawi will not win the fight against HIV and AIDS unless girls and young women are empowered socially and economically.”
     

    Background and Legal Status

    Badilika Foundation registered in 2014 as a Non-governmental Organization under Ministry of Justice. Besides this, it also registered in 2007 with the Blantyre City Council as a Community Based Organisation (CBO). The organization was started by a group of church members who were passionate about the need to address HIV/AIDS issues. They recognized female sex workers (FSWs) to be disproportionality affected by the pandemic. They recognized that this group was discriminated against and lacked support. Therefore, Badilika Foundation has made a commitment to fighting for their rights.

    VISION

    A society where women and girls are empowered and able to exercise their rights and free to participate in the development processes of their communities.

    MISSION

    Our mission is to use integrated, holistic, community-based efforts to socially and economically empower vulnerable women and girls.

    OBJECTIVES

    Objective 1: Combat extreme poverty of vulnerable women and girls through education and vocational skills training.

    Objective 2: Ensure that laws, policies and programmes are gender sensitive and supportive to poor women and girls.

    Objective 3: Encourage community action to reduce HIV infection.

    Objective 4: Promote access to quality health and holistic social services.

    ACTIVITIES

    • 1. Provide education support to underage prostitutes and needy girls in secondary schools.
    • 2. Conduct vocational skills training to women and girls.
    • 3. Provide small loans for businesses.
    • 4. Capacity development of key stakeholders on human rights and gender issues.
    • 5. Provide information and education on gender and human rights issues.
    • 6. Facilitate access to legal assistance and services to rural women and sex workers.
    • 7. Disseminate information on HIV and AIDS and behavior change.
    • 8. Conduct mobilization campaigns to promote PMTCT and reproductive health services.
    • 9. Support community group discussions on HIV/AIDS, human rights and savings/loans schemes.
    • 10. Empower sex workers to negotiate for safer sex.
    • 11. Run a drop in centre where sex workers are able to access information on various issues.
    • 12. Conduct community campaigns on HIV testing and condom distribution using mobile transport.
    • 13. Establish partnership with health centres to increase access to quality, friendly and non-discriminatory health services.
    • 14. Provide sustainable safe water solutions to rural women and their families.
     

    PACF PROJECT

    PACF PROJECT .

    The PACF project is aimed at addressing the challenges faced by commercial sex workers such as unplanned pregnancies, high rates of STI and HIV infections, limited access to family planning services, and limited awareness about sexual and reproductive health issues. Community Based Interventions include:

  • 1. Use mobile outreach campaigns at hot spots to increase utilization of HIV testing and counseling services.
  • 2. Train community peer educators to promote condoms and provide community-based PMTCT follow up and support services.
  • 3. Facilitate information on modern contraceptives
  • In December 2014 the organization was awarded GBP 8,000 (5 million Kwacha) by the Positive Action for children’s Fund (PACF) to implement a one year project in Blantyre City whose objectives are as follows:

    • To increase uptake of family planning services to reduce unintended pregnancies among HIV positive commercial sex workers (CSWs).
    • To undertake a community intervention to keep HIV negative CSWs negative by promoting the use of safer sex practices and mobilizing CSWs to go for HIV testing.

     
     

    SUCCESS STORIES

    Born in 1985, Beatrice Phiri (left) was an orphan by the age of 16. She moved in with an uncle who turned out to be abusive, so left and tried, unsuccessfully, to sustain herself with a domestic help job. Eventually, on the suggestion of some friends, she got into sex work. Badilika Foundation first approached her when she was already pregnant. Through them, she learnt about PMTCT, followed this up with antenatal care which was accompanied by an HIV test, and was prescribed antiretrovirals (ARVs) when it was found that she was HIV-positive. Happily, her daughter was born HIV-free, and remains so to this day. Thanks to the counselling and guidance she received, she was able to begin PMTCT procedures at an early stage in her pregnancy. The directions she received on nutrition and ARV adherence were crucial in ensuring her child’s continued good health. “I followed the regimen religiously”, Beatrice assures. “I never missed a single day! I wanted nothing more than for my child not to inherit this virus from me”. She is now a part of one of the Foundation’s discussion forums, and mentors the younger sex workers who attend it.

    Beatrice Phiri

    Rachel Musa, 19, from Kachere Township in Blantyre, is one of the sex workers trained by Badilika on condom negotiation and currently boasts of the ability to demand the use of a condom when working. "I gave up my life sometime ago, but the knowledge and encouragement I got after joining Kachere discussion forum has changed my life so much so that now, I can avoid unprotected sex," Rachel said.

    Rachel Musa

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    Strategic Partnerships

    Working in partnerships will be essential because Badilika Foundation’s contribution is facilitating community engagement through improving the supply of supply, creating demand and local advocacy.

    Partners Include:

    • Malawi AIDS Counseling and Resource Organization (MACRO)
    • Limbe Health Centre,
    • Zingwangwa Health Centre,
    • Blantyre City Council Clinic,
    • Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF),
    • National Sex Workers Alliance, Global Coalition of Women on AIDS (GCWA)
    • Centre for Human Rights, Education, Advice and Assistance (CHREAA).

    Joyness Dziwani (in red) is a representative of the Centre for Human Rights, Education, Advice and Assistance (CHREAA), one of Badilika Foundation’s partner organisations. It mainly focuses on providing paralegals in prisons, courts and police stations to empower sex workers and protect them against police abuse.

    Joyness herself also works to spread rights awareness among sex workers, such as at this discussion forum at Bangwe convened by Badilika Foundation. “I've always had a passion for working for the most vulnerable”, Joyness asserts. “While there is no law against sex work in Malawi, the moral stigma that’s attached to it tends to render these women mute. Our toll-free phone line has started to empower them, but our challenge lies in encouraging these women to reveal their identities. If they don’t, we cannot press charges against those that abuse them”.