First national conference on HIV and the law held in Malawi

In October 2012, the first ever national conference on HIV and law was held. This was a multi-stakeholder forum to discuss the report of a participatory national legal environment assessment, which is based on the findings and recommendations of the Commission’s report. The meeting concluded with a communique read by the Principal Secretary affirming Malawi’s commitment to act on evidence and deliver on human rights commitments by reviewing discriminatory and punitive laws and harmful practices as well as to focus on the protection of human rights of people living with HIV. The communique specifically cited the work of the Commission.