Fact Sheets

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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).

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has worked alongside Malawi’s Ministry of Health (MOH) to strengthen its Family Planning and Sexual and Reproductive Health Program (FP/SRH). Building on this strong partnership, USAID remains committed to working with the MOH, development partners and civil society to address the rapid population growth that remains a development challenge in Malawi.

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Last updated: April 17, 2014