In 2009, Malawi became the first nation to sign a President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief Partnership Framework, which emphasized the government of Malawi’s leadership towards health goals and reaffirmed ongoing support from the United States. Since 2003, I-TECH Malawi has provided technical assistance to the Malawi Ministry of Health and partners, supporting efforts to strengthen the national health system. Drawing on expertise from I-TECH’s global network, including the University of Washington and the University of California, San Francisco, I-TECH builds capacity in HIV care and treatment, monitoring and evaluation, logistics, grants management, and program management at the national and local levels. I-TECH Malawi also works closely with pre-service training partners and professional health care organizations, providing technical assistance for curriculum revision and standardization, monitoring and evaluation, and quality improvement; program assessments; and support for information systems. In all of its efforts, I-TECH emphasizes strong monitoring and evaluation, collaborative planning, sustainability, and local ownership.
Together, I-TECH Malawi, the Malawi Ministry of Health, and partners are addressing the country’s health priorities. Through close collaboration, they are working to make quality care available to a greater number of Malawians.
I-TECH Malawi collaborates with local partners to:
- Build on the strength of the Ministry of Health by providing and supporting technical experts and fellows in HIV care and treatment, monitoring and evaluation, logistics and drug forecasting, and program management.
- Ensure high quality HIV care, treatment, and support for Malawian adults and children through integrated care and robust monitoring and evaluation.
- Support training colleges to re-invigorate clinical skills teaching and electronically capture and use student data for educational improvement and reform.
- Increase training and mentoring for nurse midwife technicians and other health care cadres through partnerships with the Christian Health Association of Malawi, the Nurses and Midwives Council of Malawi, and the University of Malawi College of Medicine Family Medicine program.
- Improve the confidence and capacity of practicing health care workers to deliver integrated care through training, clinical mentoring, and continuous quality improvement initiatives.
- Conduct pre-service and in-service program assessments, which guide sustainable, cost-effective improvement.
- Support a robust health care workforce through partnerships with regulatory councils, universities, and professional associations.
- Provide accurate data for forecasting and support supply chain systems so that antiretroviral medications are available when and where they are needed.
- Implement systems to collect and organize strategic information at the Ministry of Health, HIV care and treatment institutions, and academic institutions.
- Build local capacity to coordinate Global Fund grants, develop proposals, and manage awards, to encourage sustainable funding.
- Promote Malawi’s HIV Fellowship Programme, which prepares and retains Malawian public health specialists to support HIV care, policy, and prevention.
- Provide ongoing support to the Lighthouse Trust, a Center of Excellence in HIV care and treatment, tuberculosis/HIV coinfection, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and other services.
- Sustainably introduce and integrate voluntary medical male circumcision into national HIV prevention efforts.