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Alan Brooks

country director

Phesheya Vilakazi

program manager

For decades, Pact has been internationally regarded for its innovative capacity development approaches that help transform promising local nonprofits into powerhouses in health services, advocacy and other pursuits to improve their communities.

Pact’s work in Malawi is based on that tradition.

Our Fisheries Integration of Society and Habitats, or FISH, project is increasing social, ecological, and economic resilience to climate change and improving biodiversity conservation through sustainable fisheries co-management. The project's Pact-led consortium is enabling communities and local government to protect four of Malawi’s main lakes, which contribute significantly to the health of the country and its people. By building local capacity, FISH is creating lasting change in the management of Malawi’s fisheries. 

Pact is also making a significant difference in people’s health in Malawi, specifically for orphans and vulnerable children and those affected by HIV and AIDS. Our DREAMS project is working specifically to reduce HIV in fishing communities, and through LINKAGES, we’re working with key populations affected by the disease, including sex workers, men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs and transgender people.

Our efforts in Malawi are also strengthening health systems and local health organizations, and supporting Malawi's Ministry of Health and private service providers to improve modern family planning and reproductive health and rights services.


Stories and Highlights

The FISH project in Malawi

December 19, 2017
The fish in lakes Chilwa, Chiuta, Malombe, and Malawi are a precious natural resource and the pride of Malawi. The Fisheries Integration of Society and Habitats (FISH) project is a 5-year, USAID-...

For fisher populations vulnerable to HIV, peer mentors make all the difference

November 16, 2017
Mason, a divorced, 48-year-old fisherman who was struggling to make a living because of his poor health, had never considered getting tested for HIV. Until he talked to Geofrey Taombe.
Zambia capacity development exercise

Working for long-term change through network analysis

June 7, 2017
Pact practices capacity development to ensure lasting change based on local leadership. Over our 45-year history of capacity development in more than 30 countries, we’ve seen that while capacity...
M&E training in Malawi

Building M&E capacity in Malawi

March 31, 2017
A version of this article originally appeared in The Link, LINKAGES quarterly newsletter, and has been posted with permission.
FISH project launch

Pact, USAID launch project to protect Malawi’s fisheries

May 26, 2015
Earlier this month, USAID and Pact launched a $14 million initiative to enable communities and the local government to protect four of Malawi’s main lakes, a significant contributor to the health of...

Working for better health in Malawi

December 20, 2013
Since 2008, Pact has supported the Nkhotakota AIDS Support Organization (NASO) as it responds to HIV and AIDS. The current project reaches out to key populations in Malawi to provide them with...