Amref Malawi to roll out $28 million USAID Momentum Tikweze Umoyo Project January 2023
Amref Health Africa in Malawi has announced that it will begin implementing a $28 million USAID Momentum Tikweze Umoyo project in January 2023.
Malawi: Amref Health Africa in Malawi has announced that it will begin implementing a $28 million USAID Momentum Tikweze Umoyo project in January 2023.
The project aims to reduce maternal, newborn, and child morbidity and mortality in Chitipa, Karonga, Kasungu, Nkhotakota, and Salima, five high-burden districts.
Chief of Party at Amref Malawi office Mariam Mangochi said:
‘Through the Momentum Tikweze Umoyo project, we have taken a district-led approach to address the key health challenges that are in these five districts where we are implementing the project. The main goal is to support Malawi Government's efforts to reduce maternal, newborn, and child morbidity and mortality through improved access and quality of health service delivery.’
‘As a project, our focus is mainly on scaling up access to and use of evidence-based, quality maternal, newborn, and child health services, nutrition, water sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), and malaria information services, and interventions. In addition, we are also working towards improving the capacity of public and private institutions, local organizations, and service providers to deliver quality health services as well as increasing adaptive learning and use of evidence in health programming so that our mothers and children receive the quality care that they deserve.’
The Momentum Tikweze Umoyo project aims to address key issues confronting Malawi's health sector, such as poor health outcomes in the targeted districts. High poverty levels, poor demand/health-seeking behaviour, poor community-facility linkages, sub-optimal service delivery, health workforce challenges, insufficient health infrastructure, poor use of data for decision-making, weak leadership, management, and governance, and a lack of essential medicines are some of the causes of poor health outcomes.
The Momentum Tikweze Umoyo project is being implemented in Malawi by Amref Health Africa in collaboration with six consortium partners: WaterAid, D-Tree International, Youth Wave, Family Planning Association of Malawi (FPAM), Emmanuel International, and Family Health Services (FHS- formerly PSI).