Malawi is one of the countries with the highest HIV rates in the world. According to the Malawi Population HIV Impact Assessment 2015-2016 (MPHIA) report, HIV prevalence amongst adults aged between 15 and 44 years stands at 10.6% and there are over one million people living with HIV. The epidemic largely affects women; whose HIV rates are 12.8% as compared to men (8.2%). The disparity of HIV prevalence by sex is most pronounced among young adults 25-29 years old where a positive HIV diagnosis is three times higher amongst females (14.1%) than males (4.8%). In the year 2019, Malawi registered 33,000 new HIV infections and registered 13,000 HIV related deaths.
The Malawi National HIV and AIDS Strategic Plan 2015-2020 adopts the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS Treatment Targets. Thus, Malawi intends to diagnose 90% of all people living with HIV, start and retain 90% of those diagnosed with HIV on ART, and achieve viral load suppression for 90% of all patients on ART by 2020. The country has made great strides and the goal of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 is possible. By December 2019, 93% of PLHIV in Malawi knew their status; about 84% of the people who knew their status were reported to be taking ARVs and 92% of the PLHIV who reported to be taking ARVs were virally suppressed. The Malawi HIV Program however experiences some critical challenges that require immediate attention in order to sustain the progress being made.
AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is supporting the Malawi government in operationalizing its strategic plan. The organization signed a memorandum of understanding with the Malawi Ministry of Health in 2016, and was officially launched by the Minister of Health in September, 2019. AHF supports a total of nineteen health facilities across four districts. A majority of the facilities where AHF Malawi is working are in the South West Zone, a region with the second highest HIV prevalence (15.9%). AHF Malawi program employees a number of strategies as listed below: enhancing access and availability of quality HIV preventive services, improving quality of HIV medical care, human resource support, infrastructural development. The program recently developed its policy and advocacy portfolio in order to contribute to sustaining an enabling environment for HIV prevention efforts at national, district and community levels.
- Ukwe and Kang’oma health centers in Lilongwe District, MOH Central West Zone
- Mphanthi, Nganja and Lobi health centers in Dedza district, MOH Central West Zone
- Nzama, Kalimanjira, Kasinje an Katsekera health centers in Ntcheu district, MOH Central West Zone
- Ngabu Rural Hospital, Chithumba, Bereu, Ndakwera, Nkumaniza, Makhuwira, St Montfort, Mapelera, Chipwaila and Gaga Health Centers in Chikwawa district, MOH South West Zone.
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