AMP Health Malawi

On July 18, 2017 the Community Health Services Section at the Malawi Ministry of Health, with support from AMP Health Management Partner Matthew Ramirez, launched the first-ever National Community Health Strategy. Please take a look here. Congratulations to the team in Malawi!

COMMUNITY HEALTH CONTEXT

Malawi has about 10,000 Health Surveillance Assistants (HSAs). These health workers are the vital link between village and the health system. The majority hold only a secondary school certificate and have undergone no formal medical training, but the 11-week course they attend, in the integrated management of childhood illnesses, is enough to enable them to diagnose and treat the most common childhood illnesses. Malawi’s HSA programme has contributed to a significant drop in the country’s child mortality rates. Under-five mortality rates have declined from 222 per 1000 live births in 1990 to 92 per 1000 live births in 2010. The HSA’s work is carefully monitored by the village health committee, which is composed of an equal number of men and women and serves for three years. 

TEAM OBJECTIVES

  • Increase retention of Health Surveillance Assistants (HSAs)
  • Standardize services provided by HSAs and update training curriculum
  • Ensure adequate supply of HSAs, developing plan for future scale up

Meet The Team

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Doreen Ali
Deputy Director, Community Based Primary Health Care Program, Ministry of Health, Malawi

Doreen Namagetsi Ali is the Deputy Director for the Community Based Primary Health Care Program of the Ministry of Health in Malawi. Her responsibilities include program management and strategic planning, policy and guidelines development, policy direction and decision making regarding all community health issues, monitoring and evaluation, operation research, resource mobilisation, capacity building, leadership and coordination. Previously, Doreen worked in the National Malaria Control Program for 19 years and served as the Director of the Malaria Program for 7 years. She is a clinical epidemiologist and biostatistician with a Diploma in Nursing and Certificate in Midwifery from Kamuzu College of Nursing in Malawi as well as a BSc.NEAD in Nursing Education, Administration and Community Health nursing from the Medical University of Southern Africa in South Africa and a MSc.CEB in Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Makere University in Uganda.

Precious Phiri
National Primary Healthcare Coordinator, Ministry of Health, Malawi

Precious is responsible for the national Health Surveillance Assistants (HSA) program – Malawi’s cadre of government-employed community health workers. Prior to his role as National Primary Healthcare Coordinator, Precious worked in the Lilongwe District Health Office as the District Coordinator for Health Centre Committees and worked as the programme coordinator for: Water & Environmental Sanitation; Food Hygiene and Safety; Maternal & Child Health; Malaria; and, Vector & Vermin Control.  Precious has a degree in Environmental Health from the University of Malawi - Polytechnic, and a Master of Primary Healthcare Management from the ASEAN Institute for Health Development in Thailand.

Matthew Ramirez
Management Partner - Malawi

Matt has supported health-related issues in Malawi since 2011 when he worked with Grassroots Soccer on HIV/AIDS education, sensitization, and testing programs. In 2012 he co-founded Teen Support Line, a program supporting adolescents living with HIV through a free phone hotline service that is now available to thousands of teens throughout Malawi. In May 2016 Matt graduated from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service with a Master’s degree in Global Human Development and was the recipient of the Lancaster Award for Student Leadership. Matt’s other international work includes a Kiva Fellowship where he worked with microfinance institutions in Uganda, and developing social impact evaluation for SME-focused investments in Peru with Grassroots Business Fund. Prior to this, Matt spent 5 years at PepsiCo in roles in finance, strategy, and marketing. Matt has professional proficiency in Spanish and is conversational in Chichewa (Malawi). His interests include soccer, romcoms (romantic comedies), and corny “dad” jokes.