Beginning with Home Based Care and HIV prevention in schools, PIH began offering the life-saving antiretroviral medications (ARVs) in 2002. The change was remarkable. Patients who would not have been expected to survive were literally getting out of their deathbeds, going back to work, raising their children...living normal lives. PIH needed to do more.
In 2005 PIH moved its work to the newly remodeled facility now known as the Partners in Hope Medical Center, located in the capital city of Lilongwe, on the M-1 highway in Area 36. The center has grown to care for over 6,000 HIV patients, seeing over 250 patients every day. The center now has:
- Over 7,000 HIV patients in care
- A 15-bed inpatient facility for the sickest of the sick patients
- A state of the art laboratory with instruments for a full spectrum of HIV and Tb diagnosis
- X-ray and ultrasound diagnosis
- General out-patient services (Dalitso Clinic)
- Nutrition program for malnourished and at-risk patients