Malawi Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (MPHIA) National Launch

Crossroads Complex Hall 9:00am

The US Government Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), through PEPFAR, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, provides more than $100 million of assistance annually in the fight against HIV and AIDS. The HIV epidemic has placed a detrimental societal burden on Malawi. HIV has claimed 1.4 million Malawians to date, and continues to take approximately 100 each day. HIV has also decreased the life expectancy in Malawi by 15 years.

ABOUT MPHIA

The Malawi Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (MPHIA) is a national household survey commissioned by the Ministry of Health. MPHIA will examine the distribution of HIV in Malawi, assess the uptake of HIV services at the population level and estimate the prevalence of HIV-related risk behaviors.  MPHIA will be implemented by ICAP at Columbia University and the Center for Social Research (CSR) at the University of Malawi.

MPHIA will provide Malawi’s first nationally representative population-based estimate of key HIV indicators including incidence, viral load suppression, and pediatric prevalence.

Data from MPHIA will be used to assess the Government of Malawi’s national HIV response over the last decade, as well as to provide further clarity on the impact of HIV and challenges to the national HIV treatment program. MPHIA data will also be used to guide future funding of HIV programs in Malawi.

The MPHIA National Launch seeks to:

1) Sensitize stakeholders about the MPHIA study to seek their support and collaboration throughout the duration of the survey.

2) Raise awareness of MPHIA at community, district, and national levels to encourage participation.

3) Prepare stakeholders about the upcoming new and comprehensive data for HIV programming and policy development.

In his remarks, Minister of Health, Dr. Peter Kumpalume highlighted the importance of quality population-based data in supporting the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets as reflected in the Malawi National Strategic Plan. “The MPHIA survey is critical to our country’s understanding of the HIV epidemic in Malawi. Currently, our data comes mostly from health facilities, which excludes those who are not in contact with the health system, thus giving us a limited picture.”

CDC Country Director, Dr. Sundeep Gupta, stressed that the U.S. government is committed to supporting the government of Malawi in fighting the HIV epidemic. “Without information we are blind and have no way to discern the path ahead, how to focus resources, and just as importantly the results of our efforts… We have come so far in this fight, and can’t relax.  To achieve an AIDS Free Generation we need your help, as we start this survey.”

With the MPHIA, Malawi will, for the first time, have population based data that isn’t collected by other national surveys. This includes data on rate of new HIV infections, pediatric HIV prevalence, and viral load counts to determine how much HIV virus exists in the community.

For more information about CDC’s support for the Malawi Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (MPHIA), contact: Dr. Nellie Wadonda-Kabondo, Tel: 265.177.5188; E-mail: vzn7@cdc.gov

For more information about ICAP Malawi, visit http://icap.columbia.edu/where-we-work/malawi or contact Ms. Gertrude Chipungu at +265(0) 1 772 614; E-mail: gc2510@cumc.columbia.edu

For more information about MPHIA, contact George Bello at +265 XXX XXX XXX, Dr. Alister Munthali at +265(0) 1 525 048, or Mr. Stephen Nkoka at +265(0) 1 772 615 or +265 882 513 502/0999964260

For more information about the Ministry of Health, contact Dr. Frank Chimbwandira at +265 999 955 392 or +265 888 869 804 or visit http://www.hiv.health.gov.mw