The Centre for the Development of People (CEDEP)

CEDEP is a registered human rights organisation dedicated to addressing the needs, improving the lives, and providing support for some of Malawi's most neglected minority groups through civic education, training, capacity building, networking and research. The organisation believes that improving the welfare of minority groups, including prisoners, sex workers, and those in same-sex relationships, is crucial to the health and well-being of all peoples. Please visit CEDEP on their website or contact

Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation

The Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) is one of the leading human rights non-governmental organizations in Malawi. It was founded in February 1995 as a non-profit, apolitical, voluntary organization registered under the Trustees Incorporation Act of 1962. The organization was founded by former student exiles who returned home to the promises of a new democracy in 1994. The organization strives to promote equity and equality among the people regardless of gender, race, religion, language and skin colour by taking full recognition of the UN Declaration of Human Rights (1945) to which Malawi is a signatory. 

Please visit CHRR on their website or contact 

Coalition of Women Living with HIV and AIDS (COWLHA)

The Coalition of Women Living with HIV and AIDS in Malawi (COWLHA) was established in 2006. It unites different groups of women as a civil society force in dealing with issues on gender and women’s rights in the context of HIV and AIDS that impact on the lives of women living with HIV and AIDS in Malawi. COWLHA’s mandate specifically seeks to enhance the protection and promotion of rights of women living with HIV and AIDS. At the moment, the membership of the coalition stands at approximately 15000 women living with HIV. Please visit COWLHA on their website or contact


Grassroots Movements for Health and Development (GMHD)

GMHD was founded in 2007 by concerned individuals, associations and organisation embarking on health and development initiatives. The organisation is NGO that entails for a health and developed society where grassroots people are empowered and are meaningfully involved in the development process. GMHD exist to promote health and development through advocacy, provision of essential health and development services, community empowerment, research and coordinating ith empathy, transparency and accountability. To contact GMHD, please email them at: and

Ladder For Rural Development Organisation (Malawi)

The Ladder for rural development is an NGO established in 2000 with the aim of improving the quality of living for people living in rural areas. The existence of Ladder for rural development is to reduce the prevalence of HIV and support those infected and affected by AIDS as well as to promote the human rights of people in the rural area. Their main activities are; Care and Support, Advocacy and Lobbying, Capacity Building, Raising awareness, Trainings, and prevention and treatments of HIV/AIDS. Most of their activities are targeted towards PLWAS, Orphans; Traditional leaders, Youths, Women, faith communities, Policy makers and the general public.

To contact Ladder For Rural Development, please email them at: and  

Passion for Women and Children

Passion for Women and Children, Malawi implements HIV/AIDS, reproductive health and rights and education related activities in Malawi. The organization is focused on advocacy and service delivery and it implements its activities at different levels. Passion for Women and Children would like to share information, skills and best practices with other organizations from the SADC region on how to improve the living standards of Malawian children and women who are prone and vulnerable to HIV/TB.

Darlington Harawa, the Executive Director can be contacted at or


REACHOUT Trust is an international research project to understand and develop the role of close -to-community providers of healthcare in preventing, diagnosing, and treating major illnesses in rural areas and poor urban settlements in Bangladesh,Ethiopia, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, and Mozambique. REACHOUT is using research to develop and share expertise to support health workers and policy makers to improve health care services. Visit REACHOUT trust by visiting their website on or contact

  • The Malawi Network of Religious Leaders living with or personally affected by HIV AIDS (MANERELA+) is a network of religious leaders living with or personally affected by HIV AIDS in Malawi. It is a national NGO with structures in all the districts in Malawi and aims to enhance coordination, collaboration and networking among various faith leaders in Malawi. The organisation envisions a Malawi where HIV-related stigma, shame, denial, discrimination, inaction and mis-action are defeated. MANERELA+’s core mandate is advocacy at community, district, national, regional and international levels on emerging issues that affect religious leaders and people living with HIV and AIDS, capacity building on human rights, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), TB, secure livelihood, climate change and resilience as well as malaria related issues. MANERELA+ does this through community mobilization, awareness campaigns, workshops, trainings. Please visit for further detail. You can contact MANARELA+ at

Centre for Girls and Interaction, (CEGI) is primarily concerned with creating access to information on girls and young women rights or related issues through interaction, advocacy, documentation, education, networking for positive change. They are based in the northern region of Malawi and their main goal is to prevent sexually transmitted infections including HIV and mitigate the impact of HIV and AIDS on adolescents, young women and youth in the northern region. The organization works to create a better environment for adolescents, young women and youth where they are protected from HIV and AIDS, unsafe abortions, gender based violence, early marriages and early pregnancies. To achieve this, Centre for Girls and Interaction implements interventions aimed at preventing Sexually Transmitted Infections including HIV and AIDS, unsafe abortions and child marriages / early pregnancies; promotes participation of adolescents, young women and youth especially vulnerable and marginalised groups in development; influences policy and legislative changes in relation to HIV and AIDS, unsafe abortions, violence, early marriages, early pregnancies and climate change; and works with and through partners to build synergies to reach out to more adolescents, young women and youth. Please visit www.cegimalawi.orgfor more information. You can reach CEGI at

Centre for Children’s Affairs Malawi aims to increase the awareness and upholding of Human rights among Malawians through interventions that promote and protect the rights of women and children and the rule of law. The organisation works with Malawian and international organizations, parents, leaders and practitioners working with children within Chikwawa and throughout the country to raise awareness and educate everyone about issues affecting the welfare of children in order for all to protect them from abuse and harm.

Please contact Moses Devlin Busher, National Coordinator at

Health and Rights Education programme (HREP) focuses on advocacy related to health rights in Malawi. The organisation is the chair of the Malawi Network for AIDS Service Organisation (MANASO), which consists of 950 organisations across Malawi. HREP has successfully advocated for government to create space for civil society organisations to contribute to the health status of Malawians at national and community levels. 

Contact: / and visit 

Centre for Human Rights Education Advice and Assistance (CHREAA) was established in 2000 and works country wide in Malawi. The organisation envisions a society that upholds human rights, justice and rule of law. It has been engaged in several projects promoting the rights of the marginalized groups in Malawi (i.e. prisoners, women, sex workers and children). One of CHREAA's main achievements includes the reduction of the remand population in Malawian prisons by over 55% through Paralegal Aid Clinics as well as reducing infection of diseases in prison by 60% through health screening of prisoners on admission. The organsiation also advocated successfully for an increase in the budget allocation to the prison health sector and ensured speedy trials for juveniles by screening of juveniles at the police stations.

Art and Global Health Center Africa (AGHCA) has been delivering programmes in Malawi since 2008 and was registered as an independent non-profit organization in 2013. AGHCA believes in the transformative power of the arts for experiential learning, cross- cultural understanding, eliciting empathy and strengthening of community. The AGHC implements 3 programmes: MAKE ART/STOP AIDS, Students with Dreams and 'Umunthu' to bring together people living with HIV, students, artists, and other members of the community to collaboratively create performance interventions that address issues of stigma, fear, prevention, testing and treatment, gender inequality, education, human rights, creating a more tolerant and inclusive society. We are based in Zomba, Malawi and work both locally and nationally. The organisation works with different sectors of society including those living in urban and rural areas, educated and non-educated, minorities and mainstream, men and women, young and old, health personnel, people living with HIV and AIDS and artists.


For more information, visit or contact Helen Todd (Executive Director) at

Malawi Sex Workers Alliance (MASWA) conducts training and advocacy activities targeting the judiciary, law enforcement and clients of sex workers in order to promote and protect the rights of female sex workers in Malawi.Contact Zinenani Lucy Majawa (Publicity Secretary) at

Malawi Network of People living with HIV (MANET+) was founded in 1997 as a coordinating and facilitating body with the main goal of promoting effective networking amongst associations and support groups of people living with HIV and AIDS and their collaborators. MANET+ focuses on enhancing advocacy, leadership, coordination and networking of the sector of people living with HIV in Malawi; promoting Positive Health, Dignity and Prevention in Malawi (PHDP) concept; popularising the PHDP concept and disseminate the findings and recommendations of the Malawi report; enhancing engagement of national level policy makers in advocacy platforms for PLHIV in Malawi; enhancing accountability of duty bearers towards equitable access to social and health services for people living with and affected by HIV in Malawi; promoting access to ART; and advocacy and coordination of community systems strengthening through the people living with HIV sector.

 Visit or contact Safari Mbewe (Executive Director) at