Candlelight Memorial

The Candlelight Memorial is an event that aims at remembering those who have lost their lives due to AIDS and advocating support for our children, sisters, brothers, parents, relatives and friends living with HIV.

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Activities

Establishment of a readily accessible data bank of information about PLWHA, collaborators and donors and any other HIV-AIDS related issues

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Our Members

MANET currently has over 400 members who are support groups of PLWHA or CBOs working in HIV/AIDS prevention throughout Malawi.

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Resources

Malawi is bounded on the north by Tanzania, on the east by Lake Malawi (Lake Nyasa), on the southeast and south by Mozambique, and on the west by Zambia.

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Partners

The Government of Malawi established the National AIDS Commission (NAC) in July 2001 to respond to the HIV/AIDS pandemic in the country.

What is Dianabol?

Since humankind first conceptualized the realm of sports, the concept of a potion that will maximize physical output has been the dream of athletes everywhere. Since the times of ancient Greece and Rome, athletes have used potions containing herbal medications, even the testicles of other animals to improve their virility and performance.

It wasn’t until the end of WWII that the use of steroids and testosterone as a performance enhancing drug came into full swing. During the World Championships and Olympic Games of the 1950s, Russian athletes performed astonishing feats of strength and ability, while juiced up on testosterone laden steroids.

In 1956, a doctor working with the US weightlifting team first developed a drug that would change the face of performance enhancers, he called his find Methandrostenolone –what would later become known a Dianabol or “Dbol” as it has become known in the athletic community.

What does Dianabol Do?

dbol-stackDianabol is most commonly used as a muscle-building steroid, and not cutting cycle, and as such it is highly effective because it has both androgenic and anabolic effects on the body. It is the anabolic function that increases the amount of nitrogen retention and this enhances muscle growth.

Increased nitrogen retention results in improved protein manufacture, the building blocks of muscle matter. It can also significantly increase the feeling of personal well-being and happiness while strength training.

When on this steroid an average Body Builder can stack on 2 to 4 lbs of weight each week, for up to 6 weeks –the capacity a person has to gain weight with Dianabol is enhanced by their capacity to perform an intense physical exercise.

How else does Dianabol Affect the Body?

As mentioned before, Dianabol produces a euphoric feeling, which is why it is often referred to as a “feel good” steroid. It has a significant effect on many aspects of physical and mental health.

The use of Dianabol also allows the user to sleep better at night and reduces the effects of “burning out” due to frequent strenuous workouts. This is possible due to dianabols capacity to affect the RNA synthesis during workouts.

Dianabol also keeps the proteins that are so important to muscle growth in the muscle and safe from being burned as fuel. Insulin production is also greatly enhanced by Dbol use –insulin is an essential catabolic substance, it is regulated by the liver and plays an essential role in the bodies metabolism.

What about the Negative effects of Dianabol?

There are several negative side effects associated with the undisciplined, unsupervised or unenlightened use of Dianabol and any anabolic steroid that individuals should be aware of.

Dianabol can do cumulative damage to the liver and heart. Dbol belongs to a class of chemicals –C17 AA– that are very difficult for the liver to process. The rapid increase in weight is not good for heart function –these must be considered, proper usage and medical supervision can successfully diminish these risks.

The Male hormone and the regulation thereof is a highly delicate process –one that was developed over millions of years of human evolution. Testosterone is essential for the production of large muscles, but is also likely to convert into estrogen –the female hormone–at a later date.

Needless to say, estrogen has the reverse effect that testosterone has, it often causes loss of muscle tone, an increase of fat and the loss of libido. Testosterone is produced in the testicles, if the body is receiving an exterior supply of testosterone the testes can be expected to atrophy.

Finally, as mentioned before, Dianabol can affect the mood. While weight training this may result in high spirits big smiles and euphoria. When not training, this may mean lots of frowns and grumpy/snappy behavior.

6 Fitness Tips For HIV Patients

With the right care and treatment, anyone living with HIV can lead a normal life and be able to enjoy life to the fullest. This is the reason HIV patients are advised to seek medical attention from qualified personnel and eat well balanced and highly nutritive foods to boost their immunity. Although it may seem challenging at first, HIV is manageable, and one can live for as many years as possible without worrying about what the world has to say or stigma. Discussed below are 6 fitness tips to help HIV patient lead a healthy life.

How to Manage HIV?

  1. Eat well-balanced meals: Nutrition is everything for HIV patients. For your body to remain nutritionhealthy and be able to fight other health conditions, you need plenty of proteins, minerals, carbohydrates, and vitamins. Although factory manufactured foods may promise all these, it would be best for you to prepare fresh meals. Consider adding sea foods (such as tuna and salmon), lean meat, peanuts, chia seeds, fruits and brown bread/rice in your meals. This will promote proper body and organ fitness.
  2. Balance resistance and aerobic exercises: Body exercise is vital for persons living with HIV. It is through a regular exercise that the body will be capable of expunging toxins and also promote cell division.   Resistance training should, however, be done with moderation to avoid burning the precious body tissues.
  3. Take on Yoga: Yoga is greatly beneficial to people suffering from either diabetes, high blood pressure and HIV among many other ailments. Yoga helps body muscles to relax thus making cell division and multiplication much easier. Yoga is also believed to relieve muscles from stress and also induce relaxation on brain muscles. Relaxed brain muscles mean little or no stress – which is greatly needed for your body’s well-being.yoga
  4. Get enough rest/sleep: Enough sleep is vital for anyone living with HIV, and especially those in the advanced stages of HIV. The main reason enough sleep is needed for HIV patients is the fact that, our body cells regenerate during sleep while tissues and muscles relax. This enables one to wake up feeling rejuvenated and stronger than before. Lack of sleep makes one feel emaciated thus making the condition even worse.
  1. Lead a positive life: The environment you are in also dictates how healthy or fit you will be as an HIV patient. Surrounding yourself with positivity and people who encourage you, and those who do not stigmatize you is always good for your body. Try to stay away from people who see you as an outcast and see you as a curse. As long as happy people surround you, lead a positive life and always have fun, your body won’t suffer from stress related conditions.
  2. Seek expert advice while training: As mentioned earlier, regular body exercise is needed to keep our bodies fit. Although most people try to train alone, it would be best if you had an expert help you with the training program. Everything counts even if you love swimming more than resistance training. A well trained physical trainer should understand which exercises are best for you, and the limits needed.

Although eating well, getting enough sleep, and training does help maintain a perfectly fit body, you need a positive mind to make it through.

Turning Remembrance into Action

“We must make people everywhere understand that the AIDS crisis is not over; that this is not about a few foreign countries, far away. This is a threat to an entire generation, that it is a threat to an entire civilization…”

– United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan

The Candlelight Memorial is a unique event that remembers those who lost their lives to AIDS. Since the beginning of the AIDS epidemic in 1981, globally, more than 20 million people have lost their lives to the disease while 40 million continue to live with HIV and AIDS. In Malawi, about 84,000 people lost their lives to AIDS last year and close to one million adults and children continue to live with HIV/AIDS. (more…)

ARV Update

As of June 2005, about 14,300 patients were on treatment. During the 1st quarter of 2005, there were 4530 new patients started on ARV treatment; 95% were adult, 38% male and 62% female.

It is estimated that 900,000 Malawians are living with HIV/AIDS and 170, 000 of whom are in need of ARV. With the support of the Global Fund, 59 hospitals and clinics are now offering free treatment in Malawi. (more…)

Orientation on PLHIV CCM Handbook for MANET+ and NAPHAM Members

An orientation meeting was organised by NAPHAM, MANET+ and Policy Project on June 15, 2005 at Kalikuti Hotel, Lilongwe to inform the NAPHAM and MANET+ members about the PLHIV CCM Handbook, its relevance to the PLHIV participation in the Global Fund and Country Coordinating Mechanisms (CCMs). (more…)

Greater Involvement of People Living with HIV/AIDS

Implementation GIPA in Malawi began in 1997 through a partnership between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), MANET+, the National AIDS Control Programme (NACP) and selected institutions. This programme recruits Persons Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) who are open about their HIV status to work as United Nations Volunteers in selected organisation. (more…)