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Self-help groups in Malawi

Investing for impact against tuberculosis and HIV

The project aims to reduce the mortality, morbidity and transmission rate of TB and HIV among the general population with a special focus on preventing mother to child transmission of HIV and reducing HIV infection among girls aged 15-24.

The project will achieve this by tackling gender, social norms, strengthening community health systems and integrating interventions contributing to the attainment of the 90-90-90 goals. These goals aim for 90% of people living with HIV to know their HIV status, 90% of people who know their HIV-positive status are accessing treatment and 90% of people on treatment have suppressed viral loads. 

We are working in partners with more than 10 years’ experience of working on health, particularly on maternal and child health, HIV and tuberculosis.

Key information
Funded by
Global Fund through Action Aid
Location

28 districts in Malawi

 

Target population

 2,628,314 people

Partners

Chinansi Foundation, Feed the Children Inc.,Youth Net and Counselling (YONECO), Women Legal Resource Centre (WOLREC), Foundation for Community Support Services (FOCUS), Malawi Network of Religious Leaders, Living or personally affected by HIV and AIDS (MANERELA+) and the Malawi Girl Guides Association (MAGGA).

Programme Value

USD 2,977,000

Duration

June 2016 - December 2017

Our approach

This project builds on our previous expertise on HIV/AIDS work and positive impact of engaging faith leaders in HIV response, using the SAVE (Safer practices, Access to treatment, Voluntary counselling and testing approach - recognized by the Malawi National HIV/AIDS Control Council as an effective model. 

  • The project addresses power and gender inequalities to ensure equal access to services by marginalized communities. Through innovative approaches such as the community score card, participatory monitoring and resource analysis, our programmes have lobbied and enabled communities to be more engaged in decision making and demand greater accountability for basic services.
  • Integrated approach: This action echoes the ambitions of the National Strategic Plan in integrating HIV and TB interventions. Christian Aid and partners are incorporating the same community support structures for other health priorities such as HIV care and support, maternal and child health, malaria prevention to incorporate HIV and TB prevention, care and support.
  • Community mobilization for behaviour change and HIV &TB prevention: peer influencing and social mobilisation are used through already established support groups for people living with HIV, women corner groups, youth activities and Men as Partner (MAP) groups.
  • We are will building on successes in working with faith leaders, changing roles of traditional birth attendants and traditional healers as vehicles for change.
  • In-depth power and gender analysis help us tackle social norms and harmful traditional practices that increase vulnerability to HIV and TB. 
  • Strengthening community health systems for HIV and TB prevention to improve referrals and linkages to health services for testing, care and treatment for TB and HIV.
  • Addressing social norms, cultural practices that increase the vulnerability of adolescent girls and young women to HIV infections. The Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) group has used a multi-sectoral approach- strengthening coordination of different stakeholders and support for adolescent girls, using a community based approach and peer mentorship for girls and young women.
Related work and experience

Pansi Katenga
Malawi Country Manager
Private Bag B369, Lilongwe, Malawi
Phone:+265 1 752 944
Email: PKatenga@christian-aid.org