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September 12, 2013

Overview

USAID partners with the Government of Malawi (GOM) to increase the country’s capacity to undertake and sustain uninterrupted supply of life-saving health commodities at the facility and community levels. This includes direct procurement of commodities for voluntary medical male circumcision, malaria, and reproductive health; and secured storage and monthly distribution of anti-malaria and family planning commodities to 600 public health facilities in Malawi. USAID also builds the institutional capacity of the Ministry of Health (MOH) for procurement and supply chain management through seconded advisors at the MOH and training of district health facility staff.

Impact

USAID led a multi-donor team to develop the first joint strategy for supply chain integration in Malawi. This strategy serves as a roadmap for integrating the multiple vertical supply chain systems in Malawi into the national system.  It is a catalyst for achieving operational efficiencies and cost savings. USAID works alongside the MOH to advocate for full implementation of this strategy.

September 12, 2013

Tuberculosis (TB) is a major public health problem in Malawi.  In 2013, 20,335 new and relapse cases and 1,400 deaths were reported in Malawi.  The World Health Organization estimates that only 78% of TB cases are diagnosed in Malawi. Six in ten people with TB are also infected with HIV.  The number of TB cases in Malawi increased steadily from 1995 until 2003, when it reached its peak (28,000 cases).  Since 2003, there has been a downward trend to just over 20,000 cases recorded in 2013. This promising news is largely due to the efforts of the National TB Control Program (NTP) and its partners.

September 12, 2013

Program Overview

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.

September 12, 2013

USAID’s global Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health (MNCH) goal is ending preventable child and maternal deaths in a generation. USAID integrates evidence-based MNCH practices into activities in households, communities, and health facilities, and works with the Ministry of Health (MOH) to incorporate an MNCH focus into district and central level health activities.

September 12, 2013

Nutrition remains a serious health and development problem in Malawi. While stunting and underweight rates decreased markedly from 2004 to 2010 (from 53% to 47% and 17% to 14% respectively), the rates remain high and are a reflection of chronic shortages in food quantity and quality. USAID’s programs therefore focus on preventing chronic under-nutrition. As a lynchpin across various U.S. Government initiatives, nutrition programs are funded through multiple sources.

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