Neno, Malawi

A Malawi clinic under construction.

Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo

The Clinton-Hunter Development Initiative (CHDI) identified Malawi as a country desperately in need of treatment for HIV/AIDS. Many children have been infected, along with 14% of Malawi's adult population.

When the CHDI asked PIH to help combat the disease in Malawi, the organization set up a program based on their successful health care initiative in Cange, Haiti. Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo, PIH's branch in Malawi, began work in the rural village of Neno, home to a population of 100,000.

Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo has since constructed a hospital with a pharmacy, laboratory, and outpatient facility. It has completed the renovation of two other health centers and has plans to improve two others in Chifunga and Lisungwi. The hospital at Neno treats over 100 patients a day and supports a large number of patient on antiretroviral drugs for HIV/AIDS. Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo currently employs more than 170 community health workers in monitoring and delivering care to patients daily.

Although PIH's site in Neno, Malawi is the youngest one, it will no doubt become as successful as the programs in Russia, Haiti, Rwanda, Lesotho, and Peru.