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US disburses K59.5m to disability-oriented NGOs

The United States Embassy has given grants to nine organisations working with people with disabilities across Malawi grants.

The funds, totalling K59.5miliion, have been given through US Ambassador’s HIV and Aids Small Grants Fund.

The signing ceremony of the grants took place in Lilongwe on Monday.

Speaking at the function, US Ambassador Virginia Palmer stressed the significance of the grants.

“Today I am very pleased to announce that the United States is awarding grants to nine organizations, selected out of 320 applications with grants, totalling over K59.5 million ($100,325). Each of these nine organisations, from eight different districts across Malawi, has proposed its own unique solution to improving access to health services and the overall wellbeing of their communities, particularly the wellbeing of people with disabilities,” Palmer said.

She said the projects will help in reduction of HIV and disability-related stigma and discrimination and economic and social empowerment of people with disabilities.

She also said the grants will help in the availability of HIV/ Aids services such as testing and counselling and condom distribution in the communities and improved accessibility to schools and health facilities.

This is the third time small grants programme focusing on the accessibility of HIV services to organisations supporting people with disabilities have been disbursed.

Last year, 15 HIV and disability-specialised organisations benefitted from the programme.

According to Palmer, the 15 organisations funded last year, managed to reach 15,575 children and adults with disabilities and their caregivers.

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