Malawi Network of AIDS Service Organizations (MANASO) held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2013 at Linde Motel in Mponela. Total of 53 organizations participated in the event. Linnah Matanya, Executive Director for Women for Fair Development (WOFAD) and a Board Member of MANASO, presided over the AGM. Mara Kumbweza Banda, Chairperson of National AIDS Commission and Vice-Chair of MANASO, was the Guest of Honour. The AGM was attended by stakeholders and members of MANASO.
The AGM began with Welcome Remarks & Introductions from Linnah followed by MANASO Overview from Lawrence Khonyongwa, Executive Director of MANASO. Aurelie Andriamialison, from UNAIDS, presented HIV and AIDS and Civil Society Situation – the Global Perspective. Mara Banda addressed the AGM with her Keynote Address.
Figure 1 Participants of MANASO AGM
On behalf of AGM Chair, Lawrence reviewed the minutes of the previous AGM and matters arising. He also presented the Chairperson’s Report. Francis Khunga, Acting Finance and Administration Officer of MANASO, presented Treasurer’s Report and Presentation of Audited Financial Statement.
The Proposed Amendment of the Constitution of MANASO was Adopted with Amendments. There was a short exercise on The Way Forward for MANASO. The Strategic Plan for MANASO 2013 – 2016 was presented to MANASO. The AGM concluded with closing remarks from Lawrence.
Lawrence Khonyongwa briefing the press
Mara Kubmbweza Banda, Chair of NAC and Vice Chair of MANASO, briefing the press on MANASO
Francis Khunga (l), Acting F&A Officer, and Ishmael Nkosi (r), Policy and Advocacy Officer