Malawi - Jhpiego

Since 1999, ensuring quality health services for Malawian women, men and children.

  • More than 2.8 million clients have learned of their HIV status through Jhpiego-supported HIV testing services. Of the more than 301,000 individuals who tested positive for HIV, 72% were subsequently initiated on antiretroviral therapy.
  • As of October 2017, more than 189,000 Malawian men have received voluntary medical male circumcision services for HIV prevention, thereby benefiting from this procedure’s protective effect against HIV.
  • Pregnant women have made more than 2 million antenatal care visits to skilled providers at Jhpiego-supported health care facilities.
  • From 2012 to 2016, the percentage of pregnant women attending antenatal care who received at least two doses of intermittent preventive treatment for malaria increased from 12% to 64% at Jhpiego-supported health facilities.

Our Work in Malawi

With funding from the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Jhpiego is collaborating with the Malawian Ministry of Health to increase access and demand for HIV testing services (HTS), improve linkages to other HIV services and improve the quality of HTS. This five-year project is working to meet these goals by: 1) working with district health management teams and facilities to improve the quality of services and strengthen community- and facility-based HTS; 2) conducting activities that increase linkages to enroll a higher proportion of people into care and treatment; 3) strengthening current and new high-yield practices, and introducing HTS campaigns; 4) identifying and targeting key and priority populations most at risk of contracting HIV; and 5) implementing the Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe (DREAMS) initiative in Blantyre to target services to adolescent girls and young women.

Under the U.S. Department of Defense’s HIV/AIDS Prevention Program, Jhpiego is supporting the Malawi Defence Force (MDF) to provide voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) services to military personnel, their family members and civilian community members living near these bases. VMMC services are being made available at all 12 main military bases across the country by establishing static MDF VMMC clinics and by training MDF personnel to deliver safe, high-quality VMMC services. In addition, Jhpiego is building the capacity of the MDF to train their own personnel in VMMC and to provide comprehensive VMMC services that include linkages to care for men testing HIV-positive.

Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and led by John Snow, Inc., AIDSFree is a global project to improve the quality and effectiveness of high-impact, evidence-based HIV/AIDS interventions to meet country-specific goals across the developing world. As a subcontractor to JSI, Jhpiego serves as the lead implementing partner for voluntary medical male circumcision.

Under this multi-country award from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Jhpiego provides technical assistance as needed to guarantee the safety, effectiveness, efficiency, accountability and client/provider satisfaction in implementation and scale-up of voluntary medical male circumcision. The project targets 14 countries that are priorities of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, including Malawi.

RISE is a five-year global project funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). RISE works with countries to achieve a shared vision of attaining and maintaining epidemic control, with stronger local partners capable of managing and achieving results through sustainable, self-reliant and resilient health systems by 2024. RISE’s contributions to this work will lead to fewer new HIV infections, decreased HIV-related morbidity and mortality, and increased quality of life for people living with HIV. With USAID PEPFAR investments, RISE supports countries to achieve and maintain epidemic control by providing strategic technical assistance and direct service delivery to improve HIV prevention, case finding, treatment programming and viral load suppression. The primary objectives of the RISE project are to: 1) attain and maintain HIV epidemic control among at-risk adult men, women and priority populations; 2) attain and maintain HIV epidemic control among key populations; 3) strengthen health systems including improved program management, health information systems, human resources for health and financial systems to ensure attainment and maintenance of epidemic control; and 4) support the transition of direct funding and implementation to capable local partners to meet the PEPFAR goal of 70% of funding to local partners by 2020. The project is led by Jhpiego with the following partners: ICAP at Columbia University, Management Sciences for Health, Anova, BAO Systems, Johns Hopkins University Center for Public Health and Human Rights and Mann Global Health. RISE is currently active in several countries, including Malawi.

The people we serve

Country Contact

Hannah Gibson, Country Director

Tel. 265-1-776412/3/4

P.O. Box 1091

Pamodzi House, 2nd floor

City Center

Lilongwe, Malawi

Current and Recent Donors


Malawi National AIDS Commission


U.S. Department of Defense