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17 Dec 20 | 18 Dec 20

Malawi: Supporting sex workers

This video highlights the experiences of Fanny, a community health worker in our team in Malawi. Fanny is also a sex worker.

She discusses the challenges faced by sex workers in Malawi and her role as part of MSF's peer-led HIV, tuberculosis (TB), and sexual and reproductive health team.

MSF opened the project for female sex workers (FSWs) in Malawi in 2014. Over the next seven years, the project reached almost 7,000 women.

This month, we are handing over the project to the Ministry of Health and local community-based organisations. But we are continuing to work with sex workers and other key groups, such as men who have sex with men, transgender women, prisoners and people who use drugs, in the Southern Africa region and beyond.

MSF and sexual and gender-based violence

Sexual and gender-based violence is a medical emergency.

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) strives to make comprehensive healthcare available to survivors of sexual violence, regardless of their age or gender, in all of our projects.

Sexual violence shatters the lives of millions across the globe. It can occur in any society at any time but often increases in unstable situations, such as conflicts.

Sexual violence is complex and stigmatising, has long-lasting consequences, and can result in physical and psychological health risks.