District Health System Strengthening and Quality Improvement for Service Delivery in Malawi

Project Overview

The District Health System Strengthening and Quality Improvement for Service Delivery in Malawi (DHSS) Project supports Malawi's Ministry of Health in its implementation of both the national strategic plan for HIV and AIDS and the health sector strategic plan. The project, which is funded by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) under the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), aims to strengthen health service delivery in seven districts.

The Service Delivery and Quality Improvement component provides technical assistance that improves HIV-related health services, to help Malawi's government achieve its goal — by the end of 2020, the government aims to identify 90 percent of people living with HIV, ensure that 90 percent of those identified are on antiretroviral therapy (ART), and achieve viral suppression for 90 percent of those on ART.

The National Evaluation of the Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) Program is also a part of DHSS. It is a study to evaluate the effectiveness and impact of Malawi's PMTCT program by measuring transmission rates in HIV-exposed infants at 54 study sites. The study examines mother-to-child transmission rates and HIV-free survival rates among 3,400 HIV-exposed infants whose mothers are on ART. The study follows up with participants over a period of 24 months, and a subset of this group is followed for up to 48 months.

Since 2003, MSH has been helping Malawi to strengthen health systems, increase disease prevention education, reduce maternal and childhood mortality rates, and expand access to quality HIV and AIDS services.

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