Malawi: Our Impact

A Malawian woman receives a Depo-Provera injection through the CFPHS project. {Photo credit: MSH.}Photo credit: MSH.

Since 2007, the USAID-funded Community-based Family Planning and HIV & AIDS Services (CFPHS) project has partnered with the ministry of health and local organizations in Malawi to expand access to integrated family planning and HIV & AIDS services in rural areas through a network of community health workers.The CFPHS project, led by Management Sciences for Health (MSH), has had marked success, increasing contraceptive use from 20,000 to 39,000 couples in two years.A 2004 health survey in Malawi showed that the contraceptive method of choice for about 60 percent of married women was the

Malawi. {Photo credit: MSH.}Photo credit: MSH.

In 2009 and 2010, Malawi developed a national strategy to prevent more than 25,000 child deaths per year by using zinc to treat and prevent diarrhea. The government of Malawi and BASICS Benin, funded by USAID and led by MSH, with support from UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO), have oriented more than 2,000 communications officers and their supervisors to a national strategic communications plan for the use of zinc and trained nearly 4,000 health workers in the administration of zinc.

Rudi Thetard. {Photo credit: MSH.}Photo credit: MSH.

Pervasive, chronic poverty has devastated every sector of Malawi for decades—contributing to a faltering economy and applying enormous pressure on an overextended and under resourced government.  A fragile health care infrastructure is aggravated by the poverty problem and has increased the prevalence of HIV & AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, malnutrition, and other epidemics. Malawi has some of the worst health indicators in the world.

Mr. Kalima Danger and his wife, Mrs. Mkalira Kalima, were both tested and learned of their HIV-positive statusThe Salima district of Malawi is underserved by health facilities. The US Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Basic Support for Institutionalizing Child Survival (BASICS) project decided it was necessary to implement village-to-village HIV testing and counseling in the Traditional Authority Msosa, Salima district, to bring HIV testing and counseling closer to people in the rural villages.

Management Sciences for Health is pleased to announce publication of the "Evaluation of Malawi's Emergency Human Resource Programme."  The report documents the results of six years of efforts by the Government of Malawi and its partners, Britain's Department for International Development (DFID), and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis, to overcome its human resources in health crisis.The Emergency Human Resource Programme (EHRP) was launched in 2004 to address this crisis, largely caused by an acute shortage of professional workers in the public health sector.  In

As a partner in the Knowledge for Health project (K4Health), MSH is leading the implementation of a one-year knowledge management “demonstration” project in Nkhotakota and Salima districts in Malawi. The project aims to improve the exchange and use of family planning/reproductive health (FP/RH) and HIV & AIDS knowledge among managers and service providers at the national, district, and community levels to improve FP/RH and HIV & AIDS services. Eighty-three percent of Malawi’s population lives in rural areas.

As a leader in Malawi’s health care sector since 2003, with a strong staff of Malawi managerial and clinical professionals, MSH has worked closely with the Malawi's Ministry of Health (MOH)  to scale up and improve health care service delivery at all levels, while strengthening critical management gaps in Malawi’s health care system.

In Malawi where a district hospital can be many miles from a village, rural communities and health centers are playing a vital role in preventing the spread of tuberculosis (TB) in the country. Working with Malawi CAP’s National Tuberculosis Programme, MSH and the Tuberculosis Control Assistance Program (TB) are training community volunteers and strengthening health centers to improve the TB case detection rate and support HIV and TB diagnosis and treatment services.

In 2006, the Malawi Ministry of Health chose the artemisinin-based combination therapy artemether-lumefantrine as the first-line drug for treating uncomplicated malaria. However, when Malawi officially launched the policy nationwide, one of the greatest challenges was a lack of capacity among health workers and pharmacy personnel to manage the new treatment.

Twenty MSH experts on tuberculosis (TB) from 15 countries showcased the latest global experience and methodologies at the 40th Union Conference on Lung Health, held December 3-7 2009, in Cancun, Mexico.


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