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Baseline assessment of community based TB services in 8 WHO ENGAGE-TB priority countries

World Health Organization WHO, (2018)

This document contains a series of desk reviews for the eight ENGAGE-TB priority countries supported by the Global Fund (DRC, Kenya, Indonesia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan and Tanzania). The document provides a situation assessment and gap analysis about the state of community based TB activities in these countries. The focus on these eight countries was justified by the high prevalence of TB and the very high number of missed/unreported cases.

HIV Country Profile: 2017 - Malawi

World Health Organization (WHO), (2017)

HIV Country Intelligence - HIV Country Profiles

Living Conditions among People with Activity Limitations in Malawi. A National Representative Study.

ME Loeb, Arne H Eide, Eds.: SINTEF Health Research, (2004)

This research report provides results from the study on living conditions among people with disabilities in Malawi. Comparisons are made between individuals with and without disabilities and also between households with and without a disabled family member. Results obtained in Malawi are also compared those obtained in earlier studies carried out in Namibia and Zimbabwe. The Malawian study was undertaken in 2003.

Feeding Practices and Nutritional Status of Children Age 6-23 Months in Myanmar: Further Analysis of the 2015-16 Demographic and Health Survey

Mya, Kyaw Swa, Aung Tin Kyaw, and Thandar Tun, Eds.: The DHS Program, (2018)

DHS Working Paper No. 136
A total of 1,222 children age 6-23 months were included in this analysis. Twenty percent of children were stunted and 43% were moderately anemic. Regarding IYCF practices, only 16% of children received a minimum acceptable diet, 25% received diverse food groups, 58% were fed with minimum meal frequency, 85% currently breastfed, and 59% consumed iron-rich foods. Breastfeeding reduced the odds of being stunted. By background characteristics, male sex, perceived small birth size, children of short stature, and children of working mother were significant predictors of stunting. Iron-rich food consumption was inversely associated with moderate anemia. Among covariates, male sex and maternal anemia were also significant predictors of moderate anemia among children age 6-23 months.
The study concluded that stunting and anemia among young children in Myanmar are major public health challenges that need urgent action.

Walking in our shoes: Perspectives of pregnant and breastfeeding women living with HIV on access to and retention in care in Malawi, Uganda and Zambia

Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+), International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW) et al., (2017)

The study sought to understand the factors that facilitate women to adhere to treatment and return to health facilities for routine care from their own perspective. The researchers focused on Malawi, Uganda and Zambia, early adopters of the global guidance to provide lifelong treatment for pregnant women living with HIV (Option B+) and spoke to women living with HIV, healthcare workers and programme managers to discover which factors and practices show promise in supporting women to initiate and remain in care.
This study found that women living with HIV who access these services to prevent vertical transmission have a strong sense and understanding of what factors support their retention and how health facilities, the wider community and their friends and relations can best support them. This report shares their words to describe how it feels to walk in their shoes on the path of life long treatment.

The Malawi Girls' Empowerment Through Education and Health Activity (ASPIRE): 2017 Performance Evaluation Report

Falconer-Stout, Z., K. Simmons, P. Godbole, S. Topolansky, R. Frischkorn, and L. Franco, Eds.: USAID, (2018)

This external performance evaluation of the Malawi Girls’ Empowerment through Education and Health Activity (ASPIRE), conducted 2.5 years after ASPIRE began, establishes the activity’s progress against its objectives, proposes adaptations for the final year, and captures lessons for application in future girls’ empowerment, health, and education programming in Malawi.

Households in southern and central Malawi will face food and livelihoods deficits

Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS Net), (2018)

MALAWI Food Security Outlook JUNE 2018 to JANUARY 2019
As the postharvest period continues, very poor and poor households in districts in the southern and central region will face Stressed (IPC Phase 2) outcomes from June to September. Most of these districts will transition to Crisis (IPC Phase 3) during the lean season from October to January, when food prices are at their highest and local cereal supplies are at their lowest. Drivers of the projected area outcomes include below-average access to income from casual labor opportunities and crop sales because of dryness and erratic rains during the 2017/18 cropping season, and above-average maize prices from November to January.


Every Preemie—SCALE, (2017)

The information provided here can be used to understand the current situation, increase attention to preterm births in Rwanda and to inform dialogue and action among stakeholders. Data can be used to identify the most important risk factors to target and gaps in care in order to identify and implement solutions for improved outcomes.

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