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‘Culture can help in HIV/Aids fight’

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mazibukoWhile some quarters have placed culture as one of the ways spreading the HIV and Aids pandemic, Museums of Malawi has said not all cultures are bad.

Deputy Director of Culture in the Ministry of Sports and Culture Lovemore Mazibuko said on Thursday that the Museums of Malawi has been involved in conducting outreach programmes on fighting HIV and Aids using culture as a weapon.

“We believe that HIV and Aids is a cultural problem. Therefore, if we are to fight this pandemic, we need to use the same culture as a weapon,” said Mazibuko.

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He said it has always been their concern that most Non- Government Organisations (NGOs) tend to undervalue culture.

“They rarely mention the positive aspects of culture as if there is nothing good about Malawian culture. There are other cultures which are good,” he said.

While acknowledging that there are some cultural aspects that promote the spread of HIV and Aids, Mazibuko said there are others that if properly publicised and supported may help in the fight against the pandemic.

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Some of the cultures which people have denounced and that they are helping spreading the HIV and Aids pandemic include Kulowa Kufa, Fisi and Kusasa Fumbi.

The Museums of Malawi which recently revealed that it was being haunted by inadequate funding is currently undertaking several projects aimed at developing the country.

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