CHAI began work in Malawi in 2006 to help strengthen the country’s health delivery systems and improve patient’s access to medicines and health products. Working alongside the government, we helped to reduce prices for lifesaving antiretroviral therapy and diagnostics for HIV, scale up programs to prevent the transmission of HIV from mothers to their babies, deliver lifesaving vaccinations, and reduce malnutrition. We continue to support the government to access optimal HIV medications, diagnostics, and health products for Advanced HIV Disease, and to increase product demand and usage by updating national treatment and testing guidelines and guiding the rollout of new products. CHAI is also supporting the Ministry of Health to provide timely and quality-assured point-of-care diagnostic services including Early Infant Diagnosis (EID) and Viral Load (VL) testing.
We are working with the government to reform its health financing systems to better quantify and understand its health resource needs, secure funding, and coordinate donor aid. We are supporting efforts to improve the health workforce, including scholarships for nursing and midwifery students, and constructing skills labs, classrooms, lecture theaters, and hostels across nine training colleges. CHAI is helping accelerate access to family planning services and is scaling up quality emergency obstetric care, including increased availability of skilled birth attendants. Working alongside the National TB Control Program (NTP), we are engaging private providers such as pharmacies and traditional healers to support screening and referral for patients with tuberculosis.