The USAID-funded Lilongwe Relief Fund Trust of Malawi (LMRFT), in collaboration with the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill and several other public and private partners, has begun implementing the Safeguard the Family Project, which is aimed at decreasing mother-to-child transmission of HIV and reducing maternal and infant mortality.
This $8.2 million initiative will focus on improving maternal and child health in the central region of Malawi, which includes more than 130 clinics and about one quarter of the country’s population, or 3.8 million people. The program is a public-private partnership, with USAID contributing $4.1 million and partner organizations contributing a matching amount in cash and in-kind contributions.
Safeguard the Family is based on a program which is currently being implemented in Malawi’s urban and rural Lilongwe district for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV. That program, a partnership between UNC Project-Malawi and the Ministry of Health of Malawi, incorporates testing for HIV and syphilis, a prevention, treatment and referral program for mothers who test HIV-positive, partner involvement and support group programs, recruitment of traditional birth attendants, and distribution of water purification packets, insecticide-treated bed nets, and infant food supplements.
Safeguard the Family will expand the current program, which serves 41 sites in Lilongwe district, to all health centres in the Central West Region of Malawi. It will also improve on the current program by introducing an electronic tracking system linking mothers to children and partners, screening for tuberculosis, routine vaccinations and other services. At the end of three years, the program expects to be reach 153,000 pregnant women and their families annually and to cut mother-to-child transmission of HIV from 30 percent to 2 percent.
|Location||Malawi, Southern Africa|
|Value||USD 8.2 Million|