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Malawi: One Community

Led by the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP), partnering with Project HOPE and Plan International, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded One Community project (OC) focuses on building strong HIV-competent communities, families, and individuals. The project works in eight districts including Balaka, Machinga, Phalombe, Mulanje, Chikwawa, Blantyre, Zomba, and Mangochi, and is based on a socio-ecological model that links the actions of individual children, adolescents, and adults to the actions of families and communities, the services available to them, and the social structures that govern them. OC seeks to enable community resource persons to deliver core packages of evidence-based interventions tailored to vulnerable groups such as orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs) and their families, adolescents living with HIV (ALHIV), adult persons living with HIV (PLHIV), fisher folk, and mobile workers. The OC team will work closely with the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Social Welfare, President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and other stakeholders to define priority vulnerable populations and standard minimum packages of services. Working in the catchment areas of the PEPFAR priority sites to complement facility interventions, activities will specifically focus on community mobilization and engagement of local partners to reduce incidence of new infections and improve clinical, social, and economic outcomes among vulnerable groups.

Plan's focus areas are OVCs, Early Childhood Development, and provision of services for adolescents living with HIV/AIDS, including youth economic empowerment activities. Plan has also been tasked with DREAMS, PEPFAR’s new initiative to reduce new HIV infections among vulnerable Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) in 10 priority African countries, including Malawi. DREAMS addresses positive sexual health behaviors, increases access to sexual and reproductive health services, and creates an enabling environment for AGYW by supporting caregivers, addressing harmful community norms and practices, and creating safe spaces for AGYW in schools and in communities.

USAID/Prime: Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs
Project Start Date
January 2016
Project End Date
September 2020
Technical Areas Covered
HIV Services; Youth and Economic Empowerment

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