The Mai Aisha Sisters and Youth AIDS Programme (MASYAP) convened its annual meeting at the Chichiri Secondary School Hall on February 24, 2024. The gathering brought together 558 dedicated youth and women support group members committed to addressing critical issues related to HIV/AIDS, education, and financial empowerment.

Key Discussion Points:

HIV/AIDS Awareness and Prevention:

      1. MASYAP’s core mission is to educate Muslim women and youth about HIV/AIDS prevention. By fostering awareness, we empower our community to make informed decisions and reduce the spread of the virus.
      2. The meeting emphasized the importance of regular testing, safe practices, and destigmatisation of HIV-positive individuals.

School Fees Bursary Program for Tertiary Education:

      1. MASYAP recognizes that education is a powerful tool for breaking the cycle of poverty. We discussed strategies to expand our bursary program, ensuring that deserving students can access higher education.
      2. The goal is to provide financial support to talented youth pursuing tertiary studies, regardless of their economic background.

Microfinance Loan Program Enhancement:

      1. MASYAP’s microfinance loan program has been instrumental in empowering women economically. We celebrated the success stories of entrepreneurs who received loans and transformed their lives.
      2. The meeting informed the members of the 100% increment in the loan program to reach more beneficiaries. This boost will enable aspiring business owners to access capital and create sustainable livelihoods.

Achievements and Future Goals:

  • Community Engagement:MASYAP continues to engage with local communities, fostering partnerships and collaboration. Our commitment to working together ensures a holistic approach to addressing health and socio-economic challenges.
  • Youth Empowerment:The MASYAP Youth Program remains active, organizing workshops and outreach initiatives. We aim to empower young people with knowledge, skills, and self-reliance.
  • Food Parcels for Vulnerable Members:When funds permit, MASYAP provides food parcels to vulnerable members, especially those on antiretroviral therapy (ARVs). Proper nutrition supports their immune systems and enhances ARV effectiveness1.
  • Sports and Education:MASYAP youth groups meet regularly, combining HIV/AIDS education with organized sports training in netball and cricket. These activities promote physical health and camaraderie among participants2.


MASYAP, as a Muslim-led organization, remains steadfast in its commitment to combating HIV/AIDS, promoting education, and empowering women and youth. Together, we strive for a healthier, more resilient community.


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