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Malawi is one of the countries worst hit by the AIDS pandemic, with over 10% of the adult population infected with HIV. In the larger urban centers, such as the capital city of Lilongwe, up to 20% are HIV positive.  Malawi has less than one physician for every 54,000 citizens and has a healthcare budget of only $77 per person per year.  Compare this with about $85,000 per person per year in the US.  The answer is building the capacity of the health system to address HIV and the many other diseases that impact the lives of Malawian families.

Partners in Hope is a Malawian non-profit organization that began in 2004 with a focus on making a difference in the HIV/AIDS epidemic.  During that time it has grown to a busy medical center which cares for over 7,000 patients with HIV.  Through an amazing grant from USAID (United States Agency for International Development) our EQUIP-Malawi project provides training, mentoring and facility development at over 70 hospitals and clinics in Malawi's Central and Northern Region.  Recognizing that HIV/AIDS does not occur in a "vacuum", PIH has expanded its focus to broader health systems strengthening.  Our vision, "Quality Healthcare...for Everyone".  Our Mission is to "strengthen the healthcare system in Malawi to deliver Quality, Equitable and Sustainable services through the development of a non-profit teaching and research hospital".  Below our the three "strategic anchors" that we focus on to have this impact. 

  

A Non-Profit Teaching and Research Hospital

  • While maintaining a focus on HIV/AIDS and Tb we are growing into a full-service hospital
  • Next steps Surgical Center and Pediatric in-patient wards
   
   

Medical Education & Research

  • Affiliated with University of Malawi, College of Medicine and ULCA Program in Global Health
  • Training of medical students and residents
  • Research projects in HIV/Tb and related diseases
   
   

Capacity Building-Through our EQUIP-Malawi Grant PIH provides:

  • Training and mentoring in management of HIV-related diseases
  • Training and mentoring in anti-retroviral therapy for HIV treatment (ARVs)
  • Training and mentoring in Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT)
  • Improving access to quality family planning and STI services
  • Training in tuberculosis diagnosis and treatment
  • Strengthening laboratory capacity
  • Supporting Malawi's national ART program through provision of laboratory services (viral load monitoring) free to the public sector.