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September 12, 2013

Program Overview

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.

In Malawi, 80% of the population has access to an improved source of drinking water, but about 4 million people continue to lack access to safe drinking water. Based on international standards, six percent of the population has access to a sanitation facility. Poor practices surrounding transportation and storage of drinking water make waterborne illnesses including cholera still commonplace. In 2009, 78% of children under 2 experienced at least one incident of diarrhea.

September 12, 2013

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.

September 12, 2013

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.

September 12, 2013

Malawi faces a range of challenges to sustainably finance and efficiently manage the delivery of high-quality health care and public health services.  Over 60% of all health financing in Malawi comes from donors, as much as 85% of funding for public sector health care services which serve the majority of Malawians (NHA 2010, MOH 2012).

September 12, 2013

The Government of Malawi (GOM) has made agricultural development and nutrition top priorities.  With President Banda’s leadership, the GOM is focusing investments under her Presidential Initiative on Hunger and Poverty Reduction and the Agriculture Sector Wide Approach to tackle governance issues that unlock latent private sector investment and open up export markets for smallholders. 

September 12, 2013

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has embarked on an ambitious reform effort, USAID FORWARD, to change the way the Agency does business.  The seven key reform areas fall under three mutually reinforcing principles.

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