The secretariat was recruited to enhance the programming of the organization under the guidance of a Board of Trustees that was also put in place. From time to time the organization also convenes Annual General Meetings as an assembly for the organization's membership through which accountability is enhanced.
The Coalition of Women Living with HIV and AIDS (COWLHA) was started in 2006 in partnership with Action Aid International Malawi (AAIM) and collaborators in the People Living with HIV (PLHIV) sector.
The organization was conceived to create a united voice of women and girls living with HIV and AIDS in addressing the challenges affecting them.
The membership of COWLHA is made up of women and girls living with HIV and AIDS from all the 28 districts throughout Malawi and the membership of the coalition is currently estimated at 15,000. COWLHA is a registered civil society organization through the Trustees Incorporation Act of the Laws of Malawi and it is managed by a professional secretariat located in Lilongwe, Malawi, led by the Executive Director.
To improve the quality of life of women and girls living with HIV in Malawi.
A society where women and girls living with HIV lead a healthy life, are empowered, self-reliant, and their rights are fully respected, protected, and fulfilled.
COWLHA seeks to enable its members living with HIV to lead a productive life by promoting sustainable livelihood programmes and strengthening their capacity to effectively lobby and advocate for issues affecting their lives.