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  • Fantastic Results from Malawi Population-Based HIV Impact Assessment (MPHIA)

    Fantastic Results from Malawi Population-Based HIV Impact Assessment (MPHIA)
    Lilongwe, 2nd December 2016
    As the world commemorated World AIDS Day yesterday, it is time for Malawi to celebrate some of the truly fantastic achievements we have just seen confirmed in the Malawi Population-Based Impact Assessment (MPHIA 2016). The MPHIA was conducted between November 2015 and August 2016 as a nationally representative household survey, involving HIV testing for more than 17,000 adults and over 6,000 children.
    Preliminary results from the MPHIA, focusing mainly on the results from the adult population, are summarized in the following fact sheet. These empirical population estimates are remarkably consistent with our national program data for the HIV treatment cascade. The small differences we see in this direct comparison of survey estimates vs. program data are explained by the conservative approach we use for estimating the 'first 90' based on the number of people actually enrolled and retained in care. This is clearly an underestimate for the number of PLHIV who know their status, which seems to be confirmed by the MPHIA results.


    The MPHIA results confirm that Malawi is well on track to achieve the 90-90-90 targets by 2020.
    The low level of adult HIV incidence, which was directly measured in the survey, show that Malawi's National Strategy has truly led us to a turning point in our fight against HIV.
    We are looking forward to sharing more detailed results from the MPHIA as they become available early next year.
    We would like to thank our partners for the amazing support that has made these results possible.
  • Ministry of Health


    To achieve a state of health for all the people of Malawi that would enable them to lead a quality and productive life


    To provide strategic leadership for the delivery of a comprehensive range of quality, equitable and efficient health services to all people in Malawi by creating an enabling environment for health promoting activities


    MOH headquarters are at Capital Hill which is the hub of Government Offices in Lilongwe. MOH owns and manages more than half (589) of all health facilities in Malawi, including tertiary (central hospitals), secondary (district and community hospitals), and primary (health centres, health posts, dispensaries, community structures) facilites. 


    As of end 2014, the Ministry of Health had a total of 28,930 staff members (all levels). About 60% of these were health workers and health extension (medical doctors, clinical officers, nurses / midwives, medical assistants, health surveillance assistants, etc.).

    Pie chart of MOH staff by cardre
                                                           Malawi MOH staff (2014)

    Essential Health Package

    The Essential Health Package (EHP) includes cost-effective interventions for the most common illnesses and causes of death among adults and children. Thirteen priority diseases are identified in the EHP: HIV/AIDS, Acute Respiratory Infections, Malaria, Diarrhoeal diseases, Perinatal conditions, Non Communicable Diseases including trauma, Tuberculosis, Malnutrition, Cancers, Vaccine preventable diseases, Mental illness and epilepsy, Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), and Eye, ear and skin infections.