Malawi

MEASURE Evaluation has worked to improve monitoring and evaluation skills in Malawi through capacity building efforts and has conducted several studies and assessments in the country, resulting in better information about malaria and HIV/AIDS programming.

Malawi is among the world's least-developed countries and one of the most densely populated in Africa, home to 17 million people. The population is largely rural, the economy based chiefly in agriculture with a high burden of poverty, and the infrastructure poorly developed. As a result, government depends heavily on outside donors to provide even basic government services, including health. HIV infection is generalized in the population and malaria is endemic throughout the country, placing a heavy health burden on a government already strapped for resources.

Malawi has a severe shortage of adequately trained health personnel across all professional cadres, and it is difficult to train, retain, and manage existing workers. There are critical gaps in such areas as supply chain management and health information systems.

MEASURE Evaluation works in Malawi to strengthen health information systems and improve the quality and use of data as evidence for decision making to help the government strategically invest scarce resources in the most effective ways. We help strengthen organizational networks as a means to collect data in a systematic way that yields information about how organizations connect among each other and how they can improve connections to leverage learnings and best practices. The government is independently adapting MEASURE Evaluation’s networking approach to strengthen ties among community-based programs in economic strengthening, livelihoods, and food security to facilities offering nutrition assessment, counseling, and support services.

In Malawi, MEASURE Evaluation focuses on:

  • Building M&E capacity for systematic improvement in data collection and data use to inform policy making at the national level, including strengthening the civil registration system and human resources management systems, and for interventions for people living with HIV and AIDS – this work including research into gender-related barriers to retention on Option B+ (lifelong adherence to anti-retroviral treatment [ART] to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV);
  • Strengthening organizational and institutional capacities to monitor and evaluate health programs and services at the subnational level, especially for M&E on malaria activities; and
  • Providing technical assistance to apply M&E results for more effective and sustainable health programming in Malawi.

Related Content

The Effect of Access to Contraceptive Services on Injectable Use and Demand for Family Planning in Malawi

The Provision of Intermittent Preventive Treatment for Malaria in Antenatal Care Clinics in Malawi: Views of Health Care Providers

An Association between Ethnic Diversity and HIV Prevalence in Sub-Saharan Africa

Using a Patient-Held Record System to Examine Family Planning Uptake, Continuation of Use, and Method/Provider-Switching in Rural Karonga

Decision Making Among Community-Based Volunteers Working in Vulnerable Children Programs: Child Status Index Usage Assessment Phase 2

Comparing Alternative Measures of Poverty: Assets-Based Wealth Index vs. Expenditures-Based Poverty Score

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