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.
The Wellness and Agriculture for Life Advancement (WALA) program is a Title II USAID Food For Peace funded five-year $80.7 million integrated food security program. The program started in July 2009 and will end in June 2014. This initiative aims to reduce food insecurity of 215,000 vulnerable households in 39 traditional authorities in eight most food insecure districts in Southern Malawi.
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.
The Integrating Nutrition in Value Chains (INVC) project is designed to implement USAID’s Feed the Future (FTF) and Global Health Initiative (GHI) strategies with the aim to sustainably reduce rural poverty and improve nutritional outcomes. INVC, which is USAID/Malawi’s flagship FTF project, runs from April 2012-April 2015.
USAID continues to be a key partner of the Government of Malawi (GOM) in supporting efforts to improve maternal health outcomes. USAID is focusing on integrated support for strengthening the health system at community, facility, district, zonal, and central levels to deliver better services, and focus resources on evidence-based practices for improving maternal outcomes.
Last updated: March 06, 2014