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.
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.
USAID works with the Government of Malawi to maintain an uninterrupted supply of life-saving health commodities in facilities and communities. USAID’s efforts include direct procurement of voluntary medical male circumcision, anti-malaria, and family planning commodities; and secured storage and monthly distribution of anti-malaria and family planning commodities to all of the over 600 public health facilities in Malawi.
USAID partners with the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Irrigation, Agriculture and Food Security to strengthen the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector. USAID is committed to working with the Government of Malawi, other development partners, and civil society to increase the availability of quality WASH services in households, communities, schools and health facilities.
Malutrition is a serious health and development challenge in Malawi. While stunting and underweight rates decreased from 2004 to 2010 (from 53% to 47% and 17% to 14%, respectively), they remain high. This is in part a result of prolonged food shortages that affect both quantity and quality of nourishment.
Last updated: November 06, 2015