USAID Health Care Improvement Project (HCI) | Malawi

Overview

HCI Malawi provided technical assistance to the Malawi Ministry of Gender, Community, and Social Development; implementing partners; and the US Government in Malawi to pilot standards HCI had helped develop for the delivery of services to vulnerable children and families affected by HIV. The project also supported clinics and communities to improve nutrition care and the Malawi government to strengthen systems and ensure that high-quality care is delivered.

Read more about the HCI project or visit the USAID ASSIST Project website.

Key Activities

Orphans and vulnerable children:

  • Piloted and revised minimum standards for services to vulnerable children,
  • Supported communities and government staff in using quality improvement approaches to ensure that high-quality services are reliably delivered to all children, and
  • Developed a scale-up plan to support organizations and regions not reached by the pilot in using QI approaches to deliver standard care.

Nutrition, assessment, and counseling support (NACS):

  • Improved the nutrition status of people accessing HIV care services in two of three pilot districts;
  • Improved the ability of the Ministry of Health to manage NACS programs by improving data and data flow and building capacity to support quality improvement activities;
  • Built on existing global knowledge about NACS, with a focus on:
    • Improving data management at the clinic level,
    • Improving the abilities of HIV clinic staff to provide effective and efficient nutrition services, and
    • Improving coverage and retention of patients by strengthening community/facility links.
Duration
2011 to 2013
Funders 
The US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)
US Agency for International Development (USAID)
Partners 
Malawi Ministry of Gender, Children and Community Development
Malawi Ministry of Health
Regions/ Countries