December 5, 2011

Jhpiego and partners receive $65 million for Malawi project

The United States Agency for International Development has awarded Jhpiego a cooperative agreement of $65 million for Support for Service Delivery-Excellence in Malawi. Over the course of the project, SSD-E will reach 8 million Malawians with priority essential health-package services through a phased approach that achieves 90 percent coverage in 15 districts.

The goals of the project are to ensure that service delivery is “reaching the unreached” in communities; health surveillance assistance and volunteers are working together to optimize service delivery; all providers in target districts are actively supported by a clinical mentor and have strengthened their essential health services and clinical and interpersonal skills; performance-based incentives are employed at multiple levels to stimulate quality, demand and access; and the Ministry of Health has capable district-level partners to outsource future community mobilization, health promotion and support for service delivery functions.

SSD-E will be implemented by Jhpiego with Save the Children, CARE, Plan International and Broad Branch Associates, coupled with Malawian partners. The effort is designed to help the country successfully reduce fertility and population growth, lower the risk of HIV and reduce maternal, infant and under-5 mortality rates.