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Centers For Disease Control

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services    

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) operates two programs within Malawi:  Global AIDS Program (GAP) and Malawi Malaria Program (MMP).

The CDC GAP office started in November 2001 with an emphasis on establishing long-term working relationships with the Malawi Government, the national AIDS Commission (NAC) and the Ministry of Health (MOH). The major areas of focus during the initial phase included strengthening Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT), HIV surveillance, evaluation, infrastrusture, and capacity building activities.

In its second year of operations, GAP Malawi supported multiple HIV surveillance activities including sentinel surveillance and the Priorities for Local AIDS Control Efforts (PLACE) survey.  In partnership with NAC, CDC GAP continued to strengthen VCT, developing multiple national VCT building blocks such as VCT Guidelines and analysis capacity at NAC by helping to establish their computer system and establish the foundation for data analysis.

In 2003, responsibility for the HIV technical activity was transferred from NAC back to the MOH.  CDC awarded two cooperative agreements to provide transitional support for a smooth transfer of activities, roles and responsibilities.  In addition, GAP has cooperative agreements that support implementation of quality VCT, HIV treatment, and pre-service training to strengthen HIV testing capacity. Capacity building is an intergral part of all GAP Malawi activities.

The CDC MMP is jointly funded by USAID and CDC has evolved to provide more support to the national prevention and control program.  CDC MMP has supported the work of the National Malaria Control Program in developing the country strategic plan for Roll Back Malaria (RBM), developing the national "Malaria Policy," developing guidelines for the management of ITNs Program, and participating in other national program activities.

The Blantyre Integrated Malaria Initiative (BIMI), a program of CDC MMP is a district wide malaria-control effort, supported jointly by the Government of Malawi, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). BIMI was established in Blantyre District, Malawi in 1998 to promote sustainable and effective strategies to manage and prevent malaria related morbidity and mortality.

Initial BIMI efforts focused on measurement of baseline data at health facilities and in the community. The information gathered was used to identify gaps in malaria control activities, to guide strategies for implementation of interventions, and to provide baseline measurements so that the success of the program interventions can be monitored.