USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project | Malawi


The Government of Malawi, supported by USAID, has started a process to standardize the provision of services for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC). Implementers have completed the development of draft standards and are now leading the process of piloting these standards, supporting communities to use quality improvement (QI) techniques to implement the standards, and setting up a transparent monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system. This system will provide information on how well children are doing (using the Child Status Index) and how well communities are adhering to the standards.

Building on work initiated by the USAID Health Care Improvement Project (HCI), the USAID ASSIST Project is supporting the Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Welfare (MOGCSW) to facilitate the review and finalization of the draft OVC standards. ASSIST is supporting the piloting of the standards and helping the Government of Malawi support community-level QI teams. The project is also supporting the National OVC Task Force and implementers in applying quality standards to OVC services and working with the Partnership for HIV-free Survival to improve the quality of nutrition services for people with HIV.


Key Activities

  • Support the MOGCSW to develop a quality management program for OVC services at the national level and support the OVC Technical Working Group.
  • Pilot and finalize the OVC standards to see if they are feasible and effective in improving outcomes.
  • Build the capacity of implementing partners to apply a quality management approach to enhance OVC service delivery.
  • Strengthen the capacity of two model districts as QI resources in the country
2013 to present
US Agency for International Development (USAID) | Malawi
Regions/ Countries 
Geographic Scope 
National level and four target districts