USAID Malawi Nutrition Fact Sheet (Health, Population, and Nutrition Office)

Overview

Malutrition is a serious health and development challenge in Malawi. While stunting and underweight rates decreased from 2004 to 2010 (from 53% to 47% and 17% to 14%, respectively), they remain high.  This is in part a result of prolonged food shortages that affect both quantity and quality of nourishment. 
 
USAID’s programs therefore focus on preventing chronic under-nutrition by providing nutrition-related assistance through Support for Service Delivery Integration projects. Both USAID and the Government of Malawi (GoM) fight stunting and other forms of malnutrition through lasting community empowerment and integration of health services.  USAID prioritizes behavior change and capacity building among communities, caregivers and service providers so they are equipped to identify, manage, and treat malnourished children through Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) services.
 
USAID works through the Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance project to strengthen national policies and strategies to integrate nutrition care, support, and treatment in HIV and tuberculosis service delivery,  develop technical tools, and build competencies of managers and health service providers. 
 
Through the Nutrition Innovation Laboratory project, USAID works with Malawian universities to develop and review nutrition curricula.  As a result, in 2015 the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources will begin offering post-graduate/master’s level training in dietetics.
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Impact

In FY14, USAID:
  • Rolled out Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN), an international nutrition project, reaching 30 Traditional Authorities (TAs) in 11 districts, and trained 942 people in specific interventions and nutrition-sensitive approaches;
  • Oriented 150 district-based Area Development Committee members from five TAs to SUN support in their areas;
  • Operationalized 269 functional care groups under SUN with a total of 2,180 members who reached 20,359 households through door-to-door focused nutrition counseling and assessment, and other essential health messages; 
  • Trained 1,227 service providers in the new CMAM guidelines and World Health Organization growth standards;
  • Implemented CMAM in 279 health facilities; and 
  • Reached 2,031,879 children under five with nutrition interventions through Child Health Days, over 80 percent of whom also received vitamin A supplements and deworming medication. 

Key Message

Chronic malnutrition in children is high in Malawi, but it can be prevented

Funding (FY14)

$5 million

Partners

  • Government of Malawi
  • Bunda College
  • Abt Associates
  • Feed the Children
  • FHI 360
  • JHPIEGO
  • Tufts University
  • Development Alternatives Inc.
  • John Hopkins University
  • World Learning Inc.

Geographic Location

Karonga, Chitipa, Kasungu, Nkhotakhota, Salima, Lilongwe, Mangochi, Balaka, Dowa, Zomba, Machinga, Phalombe, Mulanje, Chikwawa, and Nsanje districts

Food fortification activities take place at the national level.
 

USAID Contact

Peter Halpert, Health Office Chief
 
For information about nutrition activities in other offices, please see the INVC and OVC fact sheets.
 

Last updated: April 13, 2015

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