HIV/AIDS Assets and Strategic Focus
The CDC Malawi office opened November 2001 and works with the Ministry of Health (MoH) to build their health system capacity and implement high impact HIV interventions, including preventing mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT), scale-up of antiretroviral treatment (ART), and establishment of a national voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) program.
Building Workforce Capacity
CDC is working with the MoH and various training institutions to address healthcare workforce shortages by investing in pre- and in-service training capacity, filling the pipeline with new healthcare professionals, and establishing new training programs, such as a Field Epidemiology Training Program and Obstetrics and Family Medicine Residency programs.
Strengthening Laboratory Systems
CDC helps the MoH establish and sustain a tiered approach to strengthening laboratory capacity to achieve accreditation. National diagnostics standards and guidelines have also been developed to assure the quality of laboratory test results throughout the country.
Strengthening Surveillance and Health Information Systems
CDC provides technical assistance to help Malawi transition from paper-based to electronic data systems and build the capacity to collect and analyze data for improved program decision-making.
CDC worked side-by-side the MOH to scale-up an integrated approach to PMTCT called Option B+ which provides lifelong ART to all HIV-infected pregnant and nursing women. CDC has continued to support the expansion of Option B+ to virtually all health facilities in the country, thus dramatically increasing the number of HIV+ mothers on ART and preventing vertical transmissions. This decentralized approach to PMTCT has been recognized globally as a model for other countries.
CDC supported the scale-up of a VMMC program which has included the development of voluntary medical male circumcision policies, technical guidelines, and implementation strategies.
CDC has been instrumental in establishing the Public Health Institute of Malawi, the first national science-based public health institution in Malawi. In addition, CDC has supported the establishment of Malawi’s first obstetrics residency program, along with the training of more than 500 new healthcare workers. CDC has also supported the expansion of Electronic Medical Records Systems to more than 45 health facilities.