MSH and Malawian Government Extend Partnership to Improve HIV & AIDS and Child Health Services in Malawi
USAID and UNICEF select MSH to lead four new major public health projects in Malawi
CAMBRIDGE, MA — Management Sciences for Health (MSH) has been selected by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nation’s Children Fund (UNICEF) to help develop sustainable programs that support HIV & AIDS services and treatment, community-based family planning, and child health care in the southeastern African nation of Malawi.
Malawi Secretary of Health Chris Kangombe expressed his appreciation for MSH’s contribution to the nation’s health sector, saying he was encouraged by the organization’s continued involvement in Malawi. Working with Kangombe and the Malawian government, MSH will lead four new major projects in the country. All designed to strengthen public health services and effectively develop local strategies to fight HIV & AIDS, these projects are:
- Community-based Family Planning and HIV/AIDS Services – The MSH team, led by Mexon Nyirongo, will implement a strategy that effectively communicates the importance of community outreach and capacity-building by local health providers and institutions, ultimately enabling more Malawian men, women, and families to use high-quality family planning and HIV & AIDS services. Through the support of USAID, MSH will work with Malawi's Ministry of Health to provide fully functional integrated family planning and HIV services at the local level through a network of 1000 trained community-based distribution agents.
- Strengthened child health care – Under USAID's global child health project, BASICS III, MSH will lead a program to improve the effectiveness and accessibility of child health, nutrition, and pediatric HIV services. Through an innovative high-impact intervention approach led by Dr. Rudi Thetard, MSH aims to prevent and reduce illness, mortality, and malnutrition among Malawian children under the age of five. Both the Community-Based Family Planning and HIV/AIDS Services and Strengthened Child Health Care projects build on recent MSH successes through the USAID-funded program, Reducing Childhood Morbidity and Strengthening Health Systems, which focused on preventing and managing childhood illnesses including malaria and HIV.
- Prevention Of Mother-To-Child Transmission Of HIV – Through the support of UNICEF, two new MSH projects support major training efforts in Malawi. Led by Leonard Nkosi, the MSH team will train more than 1,100 health workers nationally in the provision of Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) services over a year-long period. The team will also train 600 regional health workers in the management of antiretroviral treatment and PTMCT drugs. Both projects ensure the continual support from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (GFATM) to Malawi for their commitment to control HIV transmission.
We are known for strengthening local health programs, for our expertise in critical areas of healthcare delivery, and for positive social impact in the countries we serve,” said Jonathan Quick, Chief Executive Officer of MSH. The recent program awards in Malawi further underscore MSH's continued commitment to the nation and its work with the Malawian government to help solve the country's most pressing public health issues. In addition to these new awards, MSH has worked in Malawi since 2002 to improve pharmaceutical access and availability, strengthen tuberculosis treatment and management, and improve the treatment of malnourished children.