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Empowering Thriving Communities

A long-time strategic partner of the Malawi Ministry of Health

GAIA aligns its work with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the Malawi Ministry of Health and Population’s strategic priorities. We work with local communities, governments and implementation partners to move towards Universal Health Coverage of quality, equitable, and affordable healthcare to improve the population’s health status. Over the next five years, we will leverage our credibility, connections, and capacity to accelerate our programmatic impact.

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20 years of innovation,
and counting

Throughout our 20-year history, GAIA has decreased deaths due to preventable and treatable conditions and improved lives in remote, rural communities. Two million+ mobile clinic visits and targeted community outreach efforts resulted in a decrease in HIV and Malaria incidence and increased use of available health care services.

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A look at the numbers

460

k

Life-threatening cases treated

108

k

HIV tests conducted, with a decrease in positive results from 23% (2008) to 4% (2020)

90

k

Pneumonia cases treated, a key driver of under 5 mortality

60

k

Sexual and reproductive health consultations, enabling safe birth spacing and improving maternal, neonatal, and women’s health

477

+

Nursing graduates deployed to the far corners of Malawi and Liberia; now 10% of RNs in Malawi's public health sector

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Guiding Principles

We believe that everyone deserves access to quality healthcare. We are committed to creating access now and developing locally led solutions for the long-term.

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  • Health Equity

    All people, regardless of circumstances, deserve access to quality care.

  • Empathetic Care

    Our work is human centered, focusing on the client, not merely preventing or treating the illness. Our staff and frontline health workers serve clients with complex healthcare needs. Our programs are specifically designed to be inclusive and to destigmatize care, meeting clients where they are, literally and figuratively.

  • Local Leadership

    GAIA believes local leaders with on-the-ground experience are best placed to design and implement our evidence-based programs. GAIA Malawi’s team is 100% Malawian.

  • Community-Driven

    Program effectiveness and sustainability require the direct involvement of those GAIA serves in both planning and program implementation. Through years of delivering on program promises and addressing needs identified by the community, GAIA has earned the trust of the local residents and their leaders.

  • Impact-Driven

    Programs must be evidenced-based, accountable, and provable. We rigorously test our initiatives and promote the replication of successful models, to ensure the broadest possible impact.

  • Integrity and Transparency

    GAIA is accountable to its clients and partners and delivers on its promise to use resources efficiently.

  • Sustainable, Adaptable Solutions

    GAIA provides healthcare that will meet the evolving needs of the population and be sustained for the long term. Our community partners keep a pulse on what is working well, and what is not, so we can adapt quickly to the changing health landscape and context in which we work.

  • Collective Impact

    No organization can reach ambitious goals alone. GAIA harnesses the power of partnerships with local and national governments, local and international non-governmental organizations, and Malawi and US based institutions to solve the greatest health problems in the areas in which we work.

GAIA Malawi is an independent, local non-governmental organization, working to improve access to healthcare via nurse training programs and mobile health clinics in remote, rural areas. The GAIA Malawi staff is 100% local/Malawian, 60% female, and 25% nurses. GAIA Malawi is supported by GAIA U.S. with funding and technical support.

Joyce Jere

Joyce Jere

Country Director
Nelson Khozomba

Nelson Khozomba

Programs Manager
Adalireni Manyungwa Nkhata

Adalireni Manyungwa Nkhata

Finance and Administration Manager
Elias Kaunde

Elias Kaunde

Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
Gladys Lameck

Gladys Lameck

Senior Accountant
Richard Malirakwenda

Richard Malirakwenda

GAIN Project Officer
Isaac Maudzu

Isaac Maudzu

Human Resource Officer
Lucy Munthali

Lucy Munthali

Programs Coordinator OVC
Chimwemwe Mwangonde

Chimwemwe Mwangonde

Projects Officer Nursing
Joseph Njala

Joseph Njala

HIV Recency Officer
Janice Padambo

Janice Padambo

Pharmacy Nurse / Supply Chain
Mphatso Phiri

Mphatso Phiri

Clinical Officer
Annie Sekani

Annie Sekani

District Case Management Officer
James Selemani

James Selemani

Clinical Officer

Todd Schafer

Todd Schafer

Executive Director
Ellen Schell, RN, PhD

Ellen Schell, RN, PhD

Senior Advisor
Beth Geoffroy, MA

Beth Geoffroy, MA

Director of Programs & Strategic Partnerships
Molly Brostrom, MPP

Molly Brostrom, MPP

Program & Grants Officer
Kelsey Fisher, MPA

Kelsey Fisher, MPA

Program & Grants Officer
Marcel Thanasack

Marcel Thanasack

Director of Finance
Ninon Pallavicini

Ninon Pallavicini

Events & Operations Manager
Chloe Frank

Chloe Frank

Development & Communications Associate
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