Celebrating Community Leadership and Action On AIDS
Life Concern Organization (LICO)
kehpca_logoLife Concern Organisation (LICO) helps to improve the health and development of marginalised and vulnerable populations in Malawi. Since February 2009, LICO has worked to empower and lead an engaged community that can make informed decisions in the Rumphi District of Northern Malawi.


Introduction

Life Concern Organisation (LICO) is a Community Based Organisation (CBO) formally known as My Village Organisation and was established in February 2008. The initial program components were set-up and designed to include HIV prevention, care and support, HIV testing and counselling. Over time the focus has broadened to include prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT), community capacity building in areas of HIV and AIDS, gender and sexual reproductive health.

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Successes

Profile in Brief
Organisation
Life Concern Organisation (LICO)
Region
Malawi - Africa
Field of Work
HIV/AIDS/TB prevention, treatment, care and support
Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights working with youth
Girls education support
Child Sexual abuse prevention and support to the abused children
Populations Served
Women and girls
Youth
Sex workers
PLHIV
Founded
2008
Staff
10 Full time staff, 70 community volunteers
  • LICO established a “bring your wife PMTCT” campaign. The campaign has managed to reach out to 675 men bringing their wives to ANC out of 684 women who attended ANC services at Bolero Hospital facility. The organisation has managed to increase the number of women participating from rural and hard to reach areas accessing PMTCT services at the Bolero health facility from 395 in 2012 to 685 in 2013. Additionally, a total of 27,000 male condoms and 2,570 female condoms have been distributed.
  • LICO is the first organisation to use study circle groups (SCGs) in the prevention of HIV and its a success. These groups have helped to increase the knowledge on PMTCT amongst community members with limited access to information. This has also helped to increase the knowledge, access and uptake of both female and male condoms since SCGs are also condom distribution centers. Through this approach three men witnessed their wives giving birth in the labor room for the first time ever in Rumphi district.
  • LICO trained nearly 100 health workers, hospital staff and peer educators in the community on a new referral system to better track the community-to-facility referrals. The new system uses duplicate referral books that facilitates tracking patients from community referral to service delivery and allows LICO to follow up with patients who were referred but did not receive assistance.

Contact

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Address: MSB road Opp. St. Denis Community Hall
PO Box 145 Rumphi, Mzuzu Northern Region 145
Tel: +265888555199