With the tenth highest proportion of people living with HIV and eleventh highest amount of AIDS-related deaths globally, Malawi has struggled with tackling this epidemic that has orphaned millions of children and contributed to the overwhelmingly young distribution of the population under 24 years (67%).
JSI has worked in Malawi for over 25 years to strengthen health systems in Malawi, including providing HIV&AIDS commodities through JSI’s flagship supply chains and logistics project, The USAID | DELIVER PROJECT. The project supported USAID’s efforts to improve product availability by bolstering integrated in-country supply chains, avian and pandemic influenza preparedness, and the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI). In addition to HIV&AIDS commodities, the project addressed a number of critical public health priorities, including childhood pneumonia, malaria prevention, and supply chain systems for family planning, malaria, and essential medicines.
JSI, under USAID’s Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP), supported the Ministry of Health/Expanded Program of Immunizations to successfully introduce two vaccines (Measles Rubella and the Inactivated Polio Vaccine); implemented Reaching Every Community (REC) in two priority districts; mobilized children and tracked their immunization status using My Village My Home interactive tool; and built capacity for service providers through training health workers and health management teams.
Most recently, Strengthening Partnerships, Results, and Innovations in Nutrition Globally (SPRING) conducted field research in four countries to develop guidance documentation for a new nutrition-sensitive agricultural indicator required by the U.S government’s Feed the Future Initiative. For Malawi, one of the key recommendations SPRING made was to strengthen farmers’ record-keeping practices to develop their business sense when managing agricultural production and also to generate more reliable and accurate data.