Inter Aide Child Health Programs in Malawi are joint initiatives between the following partners:
Inter Aide is a humanitarian organization with headquarters in France. Inter Aide was founded in 1980 and has been running programs in Malawi since 1991. See the Inter Aide website for more information.
Malawi Ministry of Health
The Ministry of Health provides health services directly to the population through government run health centres and hospitals.
Our Central Region (Lilongwe District) program involves:
- Lilongwe District Health Office: Responsible for providing health services to the 2.3 million people living in Lilongwe district.
- Mitundu Health Area: One of six health areas within Lilongwe district, responsible for managing ten health centres and a community hospital.
- Katchale Health Centre: A health centre under Mitundu Health Area, providing primary care, maternal and reproductive health services to a population of around 19,000 people.
- Maluwa Health Centre: One health centre under Mitundu Health Area, providing primary care, maternal and reproductive health services to a population of around 18,000 people.
Our Southern Region (Phalombe District) program involves:
- Phalombe District Health Office: Responsible for providing health services to the 320,000 people living in Phalombe district.
- Nambazo Health Centre: A health centre within Phalombe District, providing primary care, maternal and reproductive health services to a population of around 45,000 people.
Traditional authorities provide governance at community level, including locally enforced by-laws and policies. The program involves all levels of the chieftaincy system, including Traditional Authorities, Group Village Headmen and village chiefs. Local Area Development Committees are also involved.
Our goal is to reduce the number of children under five years old, including neonates, who get sick or die from preventable diseases.
We plan to achieve this goal by:
- Increasing the number of children receiving early diagnosis and treatment for malaria, diarrhea, and pneumonia.
- Increasing the number of parents implementing prevention behaviours, including using latrines, washing hands and having their child sleep under a bed net.
- Reducing the number of complications during pregnancy and birth through increasing the use of safe delivery services and family planning.
Inter Aide’s Child Health Program in Malawi covers 2 catchment areas:
The central region program is being implemented in all villages within the catchment area of Katchale Health Centre and the catchment area of Maluwa Health Centre, both of which are located within Mitundu Health Area in Lilongwe district. The total population of Katchale Health Centre catchment area is 18,763, including 3,328 children under five years; and the population of Maluwa Health Centre catchment area is 18,577, including 2,432 children under five years. See a map.
The southern region program is being implemented in all 88 villages within the catchment area of Nambazo Health Centre, which is located within Phalombe district. The total population of this catchment is 44,609, including 10,224 children under five years.
Each program will run for a minimum of three years within the designated catchment area. It may be extended if necessary depending on the results from the first three years, or a a new catchment area may be identified.
The program is being implemented by a joint team of Inter Aide staff and government health staff. They are being assisted by community volunteers.