Improved Infrastructure Leads To Better Quality And And Availability Of Health Services


Malawi is among the countries hardest hit by the HIV pandemic. The country has a national HIV prevalence rate of 10.6% of the adult population aged 15–64 years (12.8% women vs 8.2% in men). With 85% of Malawians living in rural areas, access to health services is difficult because of long distances, poverty, and other social factors.

Furthermore, most health facilities lack proper infrastructure, adequate space, medical equipment, and other materials to deliver quality services. Health facility improvements were an important contribution of the District Health System Strengthening and Quality Improvement for Service Delivery in Malawi (DHSS) Project. This technical brief highlights these contributions.