People Recognized Our Attendance - Sex Workers Association
The Female Sex Workers Association (FWSA) says its availability at the Malawi’s largest music event so far this year, Sand Music Festival, has assisted them to gain more recognition in the country.
FSWA Executive Director, Zinenani Majawa, whose organization was attending for the first time as one of the health service providers, said was happy that people were open to receive services from them, a thing she described as a sign of trust.
“We participated at this event because it’s where our members are commonly found and we thought of bringing services close to them,” said Majawa.
She said apart from distributing condoms, lubricants, HIV self-test kits they also managed to meet some of their members who are shy to come forward due to their statuses in society.
“We always say that we have sex workers all-over and the only different is ranks, because some are found in places like rest houses, drinking joints while some are in offices, but we are all sex workers,” explained Majawa who said the festival brought all of them together.
She said as of Sunday the organization alone managed to distribute 11, 300 condoms, 600 lubricants, 125 HIV self-test kits and counselling to some of their members that have other issues.
“From this, you can see that people were open to us and were able to get the services that we brought to them which is a sign of trust,” said Majawa.
A consolidated report from health officials in the district indicates that during the event a total of 30 women were screened for cancer, 28 people also received covid-19 vaccine, of which 18 got AstraZeneca while 10 got Johnson and Johnson.
A report also shows that 200 people accessed HIV self-test kits, 2 got post exposure prophylaxis, 2800 lubricants and 21 thousand condoms distributed by all the organizations that were providing such services.