Malawian Pastors who heal people of HIV/AIDS risk arrest

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A religious organization in Malawi wants pastors who stop people from going to hospitals when they are living with HIV/AIDS and instead tells them they will be healed by the power of God to stop the act and be arrested when found.

The call has come amidst a report recently that up to five people died after a pastor asked them to stop taking Antiretroviral (ARV) drugs on the basis that God would heal them through prayer.

Addressing the press in Lilongwe over the weekend, Malawi Interfaith Aids Association (MIAA) Executive Director Robert Ngaiyaye said that there is a need for government to do more to prevent faith leaders from encouraging people with HIV to stop taking their drugs, saying this is a violation of their rights to health and life.

He said that his organization is engaging concerned stakeholders towards addressing the situation which he said is worrisome.

Robert Ngaiyaye

Robert Ngaiyaye( In grey suit); We need change.

‘’We have sent an appeal to Malawi Law Society, Human Rights Commission to provide MIAA with guidance on how the law can take its course. It is not right to allow certain section of people to deprive others of their rights to life and good health because of their conditions at the pretense of praying for them. The right to health and life here is being violated,” said Ngaiyaye.

Ngaiyaye has since asked the pastors to desist from ‘cheating’ people that prayer alone can heal them. Malawi24 has been seeing adverts lately of religious leaders calling people to grace their prayer centres claiming that they can heal every disease.

The pastors claim that there is no medication made by men that can heal the patients.

According to stats on Averts website, Malawi’s HIV prevalence is one of the highest in the world, with 10.3% of the population living with HIV.

Malawi accounts for 4% of the total number of people living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa. An estimated 1,000,000 Malawians were living with HIV in 2013 and 48,000 Malawians died from HIV-related illnesses in the same year.

The Malawian HIV epidemic plays a critical role in the country’s low life expectancy of just 54.8 years. Over the last decade, impressive efforts to reduce the HIV epidemic have been made at both national and local levels.

New infections have dramatically declined from 98,000 new infections in 2005, to 34,000 new infections in 2013. Malawi has also witnessed a 67% reduction in children acquiring HIV, the largest country decline across sub-Saharan Africa.

The Malawian HIV epidemic varies greatly across the country, with HIV prevalence in Southern regions of Malawi twice as high as Northern and Central regions, at 14.5%.

Additionally, HIV is found to be more prevalent in urban areas (17.4%) than rural areas of Malawi (9%).

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  1. Yes the pastor is doing the job of god why the evil government want to arrest the servant of god let them do there work ,try to arrest him you will see the fare from heaven.

  2. Yes the pastor is doing the job of god why the evil government want to arrest the servant of god let them do there work ,try to arrest him you will see the fare from heaven.

  3. Yes the pastor is doing the job of god why the evil government want to arrest the servant of god let them do there work ,try to arrest him you will see the fare from heaven.

  4. Psalms 103 vs 3 says iam th lord who heals ALL diseases,and by his stripes we are healed(isaah 53),1 corinth 1v 18 ie th wisdom of th world is useles cant b compared wth God’s wisdom.stop fighting wth man of God thru faith ed blv in jesus HIV has no power over us.

  5. Psalms 103 vs 3 says iam th lord who heals ALL diseases,and by his stripes we are healed(isaah 53),1 corinth 1v 18 ie th wisdom of th world is useles cant b compared wth God’s wisdom.stop fighting wth man of God thru faith ed blv in jesus HIV has no power over us.

    • For your information,no gods exist.No gods have ever existed.Religion is a scam designed to permit leeches to steal from the weak-minded without having any consequences.
      Very successful in Malawi.

  6. mulungu ndiwodabwitsa ndipo ndiwamphamvu.kusiya kumwa mankhwala ndichikhulupuliro cha mmene iweyo ukukhulupilira mulungu chifukwa akuti chosatheka ndimunthu chimatheka ndimulungu.ngati munthuyo chikhulupiliro chake ndichoza pa mulungu ndichosafooka atha kulolera kusiya kumwa mankhwala.

  7. That Pastor knows the truth about this deadly disease and he might be a member of satanic organization that’s why he is claiming to have healed people with HIV/AIDS coz this epidemic is associated with satanism. Only those people who are satanists can heal this disease. Even the government of Malawi knows that HIV/AIDS can easily be healed but they can’t do otherwise than to accept the stupid fact that HIV/ AIDS has no cure. Satana watenga malo dziko lonse lapansi ndipo edzi idzatha pokhapokha satana akadzasiya kulamulira dziko lapansili.

  8. So whether you prolong life or not God ha the final say. After prolonging life with ARVs people will still die and gi to he’ll. If they get healed after being prayed, they will due with faith and enter heaven.this was meeting red by untchrist agents and mines a proved by love for money spirit cross checked by lack of faith on GOD demonic spirit

  9. WHETHER IT IS RIGHT TO HEAL IN GOD’S SIGHT BY THE NAME OF JESUS,THE NAME THAT EVEN THE VIRUS BOW DOWN,THEY WILL CONTINUE TO SELVE AND HEAL COZ THE ASSIGNMENT THEY BARE IS FROM GOD AND NOT FROM MAN.

  10. Koma Meeting Imeneyi Mudayamba Ndipemphero? Ngati Opempherayo Adalipo Amkapemphera Kwandani? Abala? Nanga Mpempheromo Amkati Chani? Zidakumana Apazi Zidali Ziwanda Not Human Beings. Asatanic Inu

  11. Koma Meeting Imeneyi Mudayamba Ndipemphero? Ngati Opempherayo Adalipo Amkapemphera Kwandani? Abala? Nanga Mpempheromo Amkati Chani? Zidakumana Apazi Zidali Ziwanda Not Human Beings. Asatanic Inu

  12. Noooooo wait the Government knows that pastors or traditional doctors can heal HIV but the problem is here, ,,,, ur Government is getting much money from America where HIV was created ,,,,,, Doctors too they know that HIV can be heal bt no one can come out and say about that, ,,,, why because HIV made people to become rich worldwide, ,,,,, the aim is to depopulate Africa, ,,,,, so don’t wonder fr the government to talk abt arrest

  13. Noooooo wait the Government knows that pastors or traditional doctors can heal HIV but the problem is here, ,,,, ur Government is getting much money from America where HIV was created ,,,,,, Doctors too they know that HIV can be heal bt no one can come out and say about that, ,,,, why because HIV made people to become rich worldwide, ,,,,, the aim is to depopulate Africa, ,,,,, so don’t wonder fr the government to talk abt arrest

  14. Noooooo wait the Government knows that pastors or traditional doctors can heal HIV but the problem is here, ,,,, ur Government is getting much money from America where HIV was created ,,,,,, Doctors too they know that HIV can be heal bt no one can come out and say about that, ,,,, why because HIV made people to become rich worldwide, ,,,,, the aim is to depopulate Africa, ,,,,, so don’t wonder fr the government to talk abt arrest

  15. Noooooo wait the Government knows that pastors or traditional doctors can heal HIV but the problem is here, ,,,, ur Government is getting much money from America where HIV was created ,,,,,, Doctors too they know that HIV can be heal bt no one can come out and say about that, ,,,, why because HIV made people to become rich worldwide, ,,,,, the aim is to depopulate Africa, ,,,,, so don’t wonder fr the government to talk abt arrest

    • #Nashal Abashil yoyoyoyo!!!!! U knw hw to talk, i lik ur point, and guys mumakumbukira nthawi ina yake m’buyomu kunabwera munthu wina ankachiza hiv, koma anthu ankapitako ambiri ndipo wna ati amachiradi boma litaona kuti anthu akuchira bwa anamulesa nunthu uja, why anaona kuti anthu akachira asowa podyera, lero mufuna kumanga anthu opempherera anthu, koma chomwe mungaziwe ndichakuti Mulungu sangalole anthu ake avutike chifukwa chau satana wanuwo neva

  16. Someone was giving a testmony that indeed there is Satanism because she was taken and forced to b a satanism. 2 things she said was AIDS and Mararia is Satanism not a desease as we know. She said whosoever pray hardly to God will b Healed than the one who went to hospital never. Therefo thi Pastors are giving a certain picture that they might b something they know

  17. Someone was giving a testmony that indeed there is Satanism because she was taken and forced to b a satanism. 2 things she said was AIDS and Mararia is Satanism not a desease as we know. She said whosoever pray hardly to God will b Healed than the one who went to hospital never. Therefo thi Pastors are giving a certain picture that they might b something they know

  18. My comment is on pending ! I remember the time of Bonke. People left clutches but after few days they needed them. I believe in God. He gives wisdom to pple like you and me to uphold his name and powers !

  19. yes God will heal but common sense…. faith without act is nothing.. using condoms is way of helping people to avoid HIV.. God given knowledgev to make alternative to avoiding condom.. problem of malawian really believes on magic ..

  20. What matters is holiness & faith in God all things are possible. Healing is failing to take its full course coz many come to God with double minds, & lastly a pastor never heals but God does.

  21. munanva kut kuti a pastor heals?? Vuto losakhala mu church ndilimenero. The healer behind this was already arrested and killed you cant arrest him again

  22. God is a healer I believe in him. Jeremiah 30 vs 17. He will heal us and restore our healthy back. If God commanded dry bones to rise up and walk again and start to breathe. God cured a paralysed man who was suffering for 38 yrs. Don’t pray with God’s power. God is only solution for any disease. If we have faith and we believe in him God will do wonders in our lives. Me I believe in his power. Not a man’s power but God’s power. I love this name of jesus. Glory be to God all the time

    • If your god created everything then that bastard also created disease.If you get sick,stay away from hospitals and doctors.Let your imaginary god cure you.
      I will send flowers.

  23. God is a healer I believe in him. Jeremiah 30 vs 17. He will heal us and restore our healthy back. If God commanded dry bones to rise up and walk again and start to breathe. God cured a paralysed man who was suffering for 38 yrs. Don’t pray with God’s power. God is only solution for any disease. If we have faith and we believe in him God will do wonders in our lives. Me I believe in his power. Not a man’s power but God’s power. I love this name of jesus. Glory be to God all the time

  24. ngati ine sindikuonapo chodabwa kuti anthuwa ayambe kumangidwa bcoz it is written in the bible kuti masiku osiliza ana amulungu azaona mavuto chifukwa cha zinalake. yambanidi kuwamanga mukwanilise malemba bible silikamba zaboza ndipo sizinati ichi? ndichiyambi chabe osazizimuka nazo izi

  25. ngati ine sindikuonapo chodabwa kuti anthuwa ayambe kumangidwa bcoz it is written in the bible kuti masiku osiliza ana amulungu azaona mavuto chifukwa cha zinalake. yambanidi kuwamanga mukwanilise malemba bible silikamba zaboza ndipo sizinati ichi? ndichiyambi chabe osazizimuka nazo izi

  26. I think there is no reasoning in arresting pastors because people have the powers to refuse what the pastors say and moreover there are grown ups. For example, If I tell a 45 years old gentleman to go and steal. Who should be arrested between I and the gentleman. It is him because he can choose to refuse to do what I say. Its true that God can heal any kind of disease even if you refute it because of your human thinking.

  27. Abale pali matenda ena amene amafunika kuchipatala mwanjira iliyonse Mulungu amalowelera kudzera mmankhwala ndizoona Mulungu amachilitsa koma mankhwala amafunika mukufuna mundiuze kuti nthenda ngati Tb ungangokhala kuti andipemphelera ndichira zinazi tisamamuyese nazo Mulungu HIV ngati ulinayo dzimwa mankhwala kupyolera mmankhwalamo ukupemphera kapena kupempheleredwa pokayezetsa udzamva mulibe kachilombo dziwa kuti Mulungu wachichita chifukwa tonse tikudziwa kuti ma ARV siochiza koma kutalikisa moyo so please be wise tamvapo ambiri akumwalira ndi Cholera nkhani zake zosapita kuchipatala kuti apempheleredwa matendawa ndiosiyana

  28. God Heals True But He Heals Through Faith Therefore We Cant Have Faith Unless We Hear The Word Of God,so Theres No Need Of Falsing Someone To Stop Going To Hospital Or Stoping Them From Taking Their Drugs Its Very Okward To Do So And I Saport To Arrest Such Kind Of Pasters Who Doe These Thing And Its Of The Devil

    • Its Nothing But The Truth If Pasters Are Doing That Then They Are Crucifying Ma Lord Jesus For The Second Time!Repent And Come Back To God Or Perish

  29. Now that you have failed to arrest gays n lesbians you have just decided to start arresting pastors..oh my poor country doesnt really know what to do now…

  30. kkkk….koma ku malawi…ochiza matenda nde kumumanga..obweresa matenda nde kuwasiya..ma gey/lesbian nde kuwamasula…kkkkk…kaya zanu izo…

  31. You Guys I Think You Are Lost, Do You Mean Mudalemba Proposal Kupempha Ndalama Nkhani Yake Kukakambirana Zothana Ndi Azibusa? Magay Mwathana Nao Bwanji? There Is Devel In You. Ndalamazo Mubweze Anthu Akufa Ndinjala Kumudzi Uku Not That. I Pray, God Must Take Necessary Measures To Such NGOs. simutithandiza

  32. Oh yes fuck them up we ve plenty people or patients who default the drugs after being fooled by these stupid pastors ! Later just after 2 to 3 months people comes again with types of ailments associated with the lowest immune system as a result TB and Kaposis Sarcomas resurrects so vbetter teach them lesson if these drugs ARTs are written on earth that they will keep people alive for sometime then in heaven it is also written who are they to oppose!

  33. Oh yes fuck them up we ve plenty people or patients who default the drugs after being fooled by these stupid pastors ! Later just after 2 to 3 months people comes again with types of ailments associated with the lowest immune system as a result TB and Kaposis Sarcomas resurrects so vbetter teach them lesson if these drugs ARTs are written on earth that they will keep people alive for sometime then in heaven it is also written who are they to oppose!

  34. God is the Healer Jehohova Rapha,who are to stop the Work of God,but Devil is behind you,Open your eyes & see,Becarefull your are not fighting against Pastors But God…

  35. Kkkkkk these fucken people they want to arrest a poster pls leave man of God alone. If u know how to arrest why u not arrest mathanyula bushit amalawi timadana ndi chilungamo chifukwa choti tinazolowera kuba

  36. Why u want to arrest da pple of God,whn da pple is healings dares no ways to point fingers on it let dem do wat God provide to dem,we born with different altittude don’t be so angry with dem

  37. Ngati anthu amachirisidwa, palibe chifukwa chowamangira azibusawo. Vuto la a Malawi nkuti timadana nchilungamo. Timafuna zaku mdima, nzimene timakondwa nazo.

  38. The power to heal was 4 Jesus and all apostles, up to John who wrote revelation. All pastors today are doing healings with the power of the Devil. Believe it, why dont they raise pple from death? False prophet who were 4told by Jesus.

    • You’re telling lies my dear brother.Healing it’s an ongoing issue for those who have faith,before or after the hands of the pastors,appostles or any other believers have been laid on the sick who also have strong faith in Jesus Christ. Read Mark 16:15-18.Jesus Christ had vested us(all the believers)with power/authority to lay hands on the sick with strong faith so that they will recover from their sickness.God must have mercy on you.

    • #Yona sukunama m’dima umadana ndikuunika, akuziwa kuti ambiri akachira zawo siziyenda, musiyeni Mulungu akhare Mulungu anthu amtundu wanji wodana ndizachilungamo

  39. nov-decembr 2015 was workin @ acertain healthcentre ART clinic,almost 15% of pipo hu defaulted frm ARVz were pipo hu stoppd ARVz based n spritual backgrounds n trust n herbs.dats my xperience.

  40. you guys u r so funny munapanga kut HIV ndipodyela ndeno mapastors akukuonongelani nsika,mudzafa infa yowawa mukapitiliza kumanga anthu amulungu amwe akupa zozizwa

  41. Do u think God can not heal HIV? For he has power over death how spacial is HIV to death?, now instead of arresting them u wil be arrested by God try to arest them. U are the uNGODLY ORGANISATION thats y u say that.

    • HIV/AIDS ndi matenda ankhutukunve, You Will Find Kuti Anthu Momwe Ankakwatirana Aliyense Adachita Kuyezetsa And Onse Adali Bwino Bwino But Just Some Few Yrs You Will Find Both Of Them +ve, Why? Unkhutukunve, Kusakhulupirika, And Devel Kulowererapo, So GOD Introduced HIV/AIDS as a punishment and he can Heal it, muzanfa infa yowawa ngati muzirimbana ndi anthu amulungu. ngati opanga mankhwalao akutumani ndipo akugawirani makobidi, mukawabwezere. GAME OVER

    • When lazarous was sick jesus new that lazarous is sick bt he took 2 days going why he wanted pple to see his glory and God to be glorified, he raised lazarous frm death then he was grolified.

    • For Those Of You Who Are Encouraging Pple To Take ARVs, just vist one in your province and ask him/her how he/she is suffering with those ARVs. Don’t Think That They Feel Happy When They Are Taking Those Drugs Even Doctors Are Confused Now See The Resistance Of Those Drugs, Currentry They Are Back To The Previous Regime Yet They Were Saying That The Previous One Had More Side Effects Than The Current One. So Do You Think The Resistance Will Not Be There? Mulungu Amachitira Dala And Remember Sionse Ati Ambuye Ambuye Shall Enter The Kingdom Of God, Meaning Sionse Opemphereredwa Angachire Coz Naye Mulungu Amadziwa Malingaliro Amunthu And Amadziwa Kuti Awa Akachira Apitanso Komkuja. So Its His Responsibility To Control Everything, Tiyeni Tilimbikitse Anthu Azipemphera Matendawa Ndiopeweka Ngati Titakhala Onvera

    • For Those Of You Who Are Encouraging Pple To Take ARVs, just vist one in your province and ask him/her how he/she is suffering with those ARVs. Don’t Think That They Feal Happy When Taking Those Drugs Even Doctors Are Confused Now See The Resistance Of Those Drugs, Currentry They Are Back To The Previous Regime Yet They Were Saying That The Previous One Had More Side Effects Than The Current One. So Do You Think The Resistance Will Not Be There? Mulungu Amachitira Dala And Remember Sionse Ati Ambuye Ambuye Shall Enter The Kingdom Of God Meaning Sionse Opemphereredwa Angachire Coz Naye Mulungu Amadziwa Malingaliro Amunthu And Amadziwa Kuti Awa Akachira Apitanso Komkuja. So Its His Responsibility To Control Everything

    • Just Read Your Bibles And See How Many Diseases He Healed And Compare Those Ones With HIV, MALAKI 4 VS 2 SAYS ; KOMA INU AKUOPA DZINA LANGA DZUWA LA CHILUNGAMO LIDZAKUTULUKIRANI, MULI KUCHIRITSA MMAPIKO MWAKE. SO APANGA SPECIEY MATENDA APA? LETS GO TO (LUKE)1 VS 78 IT SAYS; Chifukwa Ca Mtima Wachifundo Wa Mulungu Wathu. Mmenemo Mbanda Kuca Wa Kumwamba Udzatichereza Ife. Now, Kuchereza Ndikutani? The Issue Is Anthu Bible Timalitenga Ngati Nthano Ndipo Tinalizolowera, Tisamale. Very Soon all Those ARVs will develop irevesible resistance tione kuti mulowera kuti? no wonder to see men of God Being Acused See How Jesus Suffered Luke 22 Vs 66 Ndipo Pamene Kunaca Bungwe La Akulu A Anthu Linasonkhana, Ndiwo Ansembe Akulu Ndi Alembi Ndipo Anapita Naye Ku Bwalo Lao Nanena Ngati Uli Kristu, Utiuze. Now, Ansembe Amapezeka Kunyau Kodi? Siotchedwa Mwamulungu Kodi? Kodi Relo Ansembe Kulibe? Zidzakwaniritsidwanso Khulupirirani Adzalanga Ndimatenda Ndipo Moto Udzabwera. Inu Munkadziwa Kuti Kuli Ebola?

    • Ndiochiza ndipo azachza nthenda zonse akamati palibe chomulaka ndiye HIV ndiyopatulika motani? GO AHEAD MEN OF #GOD God wil fight for u no 1 wil arest u instead they wil be arested, remember the story of Paul and Silas when they were in prison God rescued them so dnt wry just go ahead.