Partnering to Achieve Epidemic Control in Malawi

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Date: 06/29/2015 Location: PEPFAR Description: Image of Malawi Logo © PEPFAR

The United States is proud to support Malawi’s leadership in the global HIV/AIDS response. PEPFAR provides service delivery and technical assistance in Malawi to maximize the quality, coverage, and impact of the national HIV/AIDS response. Working together with the Government of Malawi, PEPFAR is aligning investments to scale up interventions that are most effective in the areas and populations with the highest burden of HIV/AIDSin line with PEPFAR 3.0.1

As the first country in the world to adopt Option B+ for prevention of mother-to-child-transmission of HIV (PMTCT), Malawi experienced a 700 percent increase in the number of mothers on antiretroviral treatment (ART) for life in 2012 following rollout and is making strides toward achieving an AIDS-free generation. Option B+ has provided a platform to aggressively scale-up ART access under a programmatically-sustainable approach with the number of sites providing ART increasing from just over 350 in 2011 to 675 in 2013. Malawi is also participating in the Accelerating Children’s HIV/AIDS Treatment Initiative, a two-year effort that will double the number of children in Malawi receiving life-saving ART from 42,200, to 84,400. Specific priorities include

  • Improving quality of treatment services through comprehensive clinical and systems monitoring at the health facility level
  • Increasing focus on TB/HIV co-infection in urban areas
  • Targeting treatment, care, and support for key and vulnerable populations
  • Increasing the number of HIV diagnostic assistants to identify people living with HIV sooner
  • Strengthening health systems, including human resources for health
  • Supporting community-based prevention interventions and strengthening linkages between communities and facilities
  • Supporting integrated maternal and child health-HIV/AIDS services

HIV/AIDS in Malawi

Number of people living with HIV (all ages), 20142


Deaths due to AIDS (all ages), 20142


Number of orphans due to AIDS (0-17), 20143   


Estimated antiretroviral treatment coverage (adults ages 15+), 20142


Estimated percentage of pregnant women living with HIV who receive antiretorviral medications for PMTCT, 20142


Saving Lives

In 2015, PEPFAR supported the following achievements in Malawi:

  • Life-saving antiretroviral treatment for 547,121 individuals
  • Voluntary medical male circumcision for HIV prevention for 90,820 men
  • Testing and counseling for over 1.8 million individuals
  • Care and support for 186,669 orphans and vulnerable children affected by HIV/AIDS
  • Antiretroviral medications for 54,372 pregnant women living with HIV to reduce the risk of mother-to-child transmission

Get the most up-to-date data on program results, expenditures, and planned funding at

PEPFAR Planned Funding in Malawi, 2006-2015 (USD in Millions)4





















  1. Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Health Diplomacy. (2014). PEPFAR 3.0 - Controlling the epidemic: Delivering on the promise of an AIDS-free generation. Washington, DC: Author.
  2. UNAIDS. (2015). How AIDS changed everything. Geneva: Author. 
  3. UNAIDS. (2014). Malawi: HIV and AIDS estimates. Retrieved July 21, 2015, from
  4. Data reflect information available on the PEPFAR Dashboards and, which represent planned new bilateral funding initially approved in the PEPFAR Country Operational Plans/Regional Operational Plans (COPs/ROPs) each fiscal year. As additional funding may be approved and made available after the initial COPs/ROPs submission, or to PEPFAR-supported countries that are not required to submit an annual COP/ROP, data on the Dashboards may not represent the final PEPFAR programmatic funding level in countries each fiscal year. U.S. Government interagency website managed by the Office of U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator
and the Bureau of Public Affairs, U.S. State Department.
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