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 (U.S.) 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/AIDS – in 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 enable 300,000 more children living with HIV/AIDS globally to receive life-saving ART. Other key 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; and
  • Supporting integrated maternal and child health-HIV/AIDS services.


HIV/AIDS in Malawi


Number of people living with HIV (all ages), 20132

1,100,000

Deaths due to AIDS (all ages), 20132

48,000

Number of orphans due to AIDS (0-17), 20132   

790,000

Estimated antiretroviral (ARV) coverage (adults ages 15+), 20143

59%

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

79%


Saving Lives

In 2014, PEPFAR supported the following achievements in Malawi:

  • Life-saving ART for 488,124 individuals;
  • VMMC for HIV prevention for 68,334 men;
  • Testing and counseling for over 1.8 million individuals;
  • Care and support for 296,893 orphans and vulnerable children affected by HIV/AIDS; and
  • ART for 40,349 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 Data.pepfar.net.

PEPFAR Planned Funding in Malawi, Fiscal Years 2006 – 2013 (USD in Millions)4
 

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

$16.4

$18.9

$27.0

$25.2

$55.3

$65.0

$70.0

$75.0



  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. (2013). Malawi: HIV and AIDS estimates. Retrieved April 7, 2015, from http://www.unaids.org/en/regionscountries/countries/malawi/
  3. UNAIDS. (2014). The gap report. Geneva: Author.
  4. Data reflect information available on the PEPFAR Dashboards, 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.
 


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