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CDC Works in Malawi

CDC has been in Malawi since 2001. CDC and partners help the Malawi Ministry of Health achieve national public health goals by training health workers and by helping strengthen surveillance systems, medical informatics, monitoring and evaluation, labs, care and treatment, and prevention efforts throughout the country.

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Staff

CDC office (physical presence)
8 U.S. Assignees
27 Locally Employed

Malawi at a Glance

Population: 17,377,468
Per capita income: $900
Life expectancy at birth women/men: 62/58 yrs
Under 5 mortality: 84/1000 live births
Source: Central Intelligence Agency. (2014). The World Factbook: Malawi. Retreived March 2015.

Top 10 Causes of Death

  1. HIV/AIDS 25%
  2. Lower respiratory infections 12%
  3. Diarrheal diseases 8%
  4. Malaria 8%
  5. Cerebrovascular disease 4%
  6. Ischemic Heart Disease 4%
  7. Conditions arising during perinatal period 3%
  8. Tuberculosis 3%
  9. Road traffic accidents 2%
  10. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 1%

Source: Bowie, C. (2011). “Burden of Disease Estimates for 2011 and the potential effects of the Essential Health Package on Malawi’s health burden.” Blantyre: University of Malawi, College of Medicine.

What CDC Is Doing

  • 686 public- and private-sector health facilities received HIV clinical supervision by 64 supervisors on 20 teams, using standard national M&E tools
  • 88 sites had accumulatively registered more than 2,000 antiretroviral therapy (ART) patients. 37% of these high-burden sites are using electronic data systems (EDS) for ART
  • 493 health care workers are expected to graduate from pre-service training institutions, the majority being from the nurses’ cadre, with 242 new nurse-midwives
  • 443,221 HIV infected persons are alive and on ART as of June 2013
  • 113,061 women in antenatal care (ANC) had their HIV status ascertained, 8% of which are HIV–positive. 108,861 women in maternity care had their HIV status ascertained, 8,285 of which are HIV-positive
  • 300 staff (mainly Health Surveillance Assistants) at 52 facilities received mentoring for collecting dried blood samples for Early Infant Diagnosis (EID) and for documenting results
  • 2,533 HIV Testing and Counseling (HTC) providers were re-trained using the HTC Skills Intensive Training curriculum
  • Page last reviewed: November 25, 2013
  • Page last updated: November 25, 2013
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