Community Based Healthcare

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Maintaining access to existing community outreach health services during COVID-19 through public-private partnership

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Improving Health Now

Where fixed health facilities are limited, chronic conditions on the rise, and infectious diseases require timely, flexible response, GAIA brings healthcare to the community. Mobile outreach services are proven to effectively fill gaps in the existing healthcare grid and can shift priorities as needs and context change.

GAIA Mobile Health Clinic in Mulanje, Malawi
Program focus

Mobile Health Clinics

GAIA operates seven fully stocked and staffed Mobile Health Clinics that provide access to quality health care for 1.5 million rural Malawians living far off the healthcare grid. In partnership with the Malawi Ministry of Health and The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, GAIA’s clinics fill gaps in basic health care delivery, providing more than 200,000 client visits each year, treating a host of common, treatable, but all-too-often deadly diseases like HIV, TB and malaria.

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COVID-19 Emergency Response

Thanks to the tremendous outpouring of support from our generous donors, GAIA has served as a critical partner to the government of Malawi in the effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the districts where we work. We protected staff and government partners with full personal protective equipment (PPE), trained GAIA and district health facility staff on COVID-19 transmission and prevention guidelines, and implemented rigorous social distancing, hygiene, and safety protocols at mobile health clinics. GAIA directly distributed essential prevention and hygiene supplies to more than 10,550 households, including: 10,550 hand-washing stations and 155,580 tablets of soap, and more than 10,390 locally sewn cloth face masks. In 2020, fewer than 1% of the country’s COVID-19 cases occurred in the districts where GAIA operates - an area that includes 6% of Malawi's population.

Village-Based Outreach Programs

Our village-based outreach programs focus on health education, disease prevention, and proactive healthcare in the communities surrounding mobile clinic sites. GAIA’s Community Outreach Nurses extend the reach of our mobile health clinics’ into the communities, providing ongoing support for the most vulnerable clients and expanding HIV testing and counseling and ensuring initiation and adherence to treatment for people living with HIV. GAIA’s Orphans and Vulnerable Children program provides school supports, hygiene supplies, and food supplements for orphan headed households, enabling them to remain in school, rather than dropping out to work.

Youth Friendly and Sexual Reproductive Health Services

GAIA provides sexual reproductive health services that are youth friendly and help limit HIV transmission through our community-based HIV testing services and follow-up care. In 2020, GAIA Malawi leveraged its 15 years of experience working with high risk orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs) to co-implement the Ana Patsogolo (Children First) Activity in partnership with the Bantwana World Education Initiative and USAID. Ana Patsogolo is linking OVCs and adolescent girls and young women living with HIV to prevention education, testing and treatment, social supports and wrap around health services to improve treatment initiation and adherence to ensure they thrive.

impact

Access Makes
a Difference

108

k

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

460

k

Malaria cases treated

90

k+

Pneumonia cases treated

60

k+

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

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Building capacity for the long term

Health Workforce Development

In response to chronic need and limited government resources for health, GAIA builds long-term health infrastructure by funding the next generation of frontline healthcare workers. Working with the Ministry of Health and Population and partnering with local universities, GAIA supports the education and deployment of needed health worker cadres.

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