29 November 2016 Last updated at: 1:52 PM

Catholic Church calls for joint efforts against HIV/AIDS

The Roman Catholic Church in Malawi has called for joint efforts in the fight against the Aids pandemic in the country.

The call comes at a time when Malawi is still fighting the pandemic that has since hit the country’s development vision.

During the commemoration of this year’s Aids Day, the church through the Catholic Health Commission under the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) has urged citizens to continue taking action as per the theme ‘hands up for HIV/AIDS prevention’.

The Church has since set 2030 as the end year for the pandemic.

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HIV/AIDS still a matter of concern in Malawi.

This comes as Malawi has registered a reduction of HIV infections from 42,000 in 2014 to 33,000 last year.

In a statement made available to Malawi24, the church has among other things encouraged Christians to go for HIV testing and counselling.

The Catholic Church has also called for a need to advocate for mutual faithfulness among married couples arguing that most families continue facing marriage shakeups due to the unfaithfulness spirit that is fueling the pandemic.

World AIDS Day, observed on 1 December each year, is a global initiative to raise awareness, fight prejudice, and improve education about HIV and AIDS.

However, the Catholic Church commemorated the day on November 27 as the church begins a new Liturgical year for the faithful.

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