The U.S. Agency for international Development (USAID) works closely with Malawi’s Ministry of Health to strengthen the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector. Continuing this vital partnership, USAID remains committed to working with the Ministry, development partners and civil society to improve access to and provision of quality WASH services.
USAID is supporting the Government of Malawi (GoM) to increase the country’s capacity to undertake and sustain uninterrupted supply of life- saving health commodities to the various points of use - at health care facilities up to the community level, through direct procurement of reproductive health and anti-malaria commodities, secured storage and monthly distribution of essential medicines, malarial commodities and family planning commodities to over 600 healthcare facilities.
Tuberculosis (TB) remains a major public health problem in Malawi. In 2011, 20,000 new and relapse cases and 1,900 deaths were reported in Malawi. It is estimated that only 66% of TB cases are diagnosed. Sixty-three percent of people with TB are also HIV positive. The number of TB cases in Malawi increased steadily from 1995 until 2003, when it reached its peak (28,000 cases) and thereafter there has been a downward trend to approximately 20,000 cases notified in 2011.
USAID, along with other development partners engages the Government of Malawi (GOM) on the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) and 1,000 days movements. USAID is a member of various technical working groups on nutrition, and is a key and founding member of the Donor Nutrition Coordination Group (DoNuts). One key outcome of this engagement and coordination with other donors is that there is minimal duplication of effort.
Malaria remains the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in Malawi with approximately six million episodes of malaria per year. It is endemic in 95% of the country, with 98% of infections due to Plasmodium falciparum. The Ministry of Health estimates that malaria accounts for 34% of all outpatient visits and 40% of all hospital admissions among children under five. Four out of ten hospital deaths are reported to be due to malaria.
Last updated: March 06, 2014