The Fisheries Integration of Society and Habitats (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. Caring for these ecosystems improves the lives of tens of thousands of households that rely on the lakes for nutrition and income. FISH is catalyzing transformational and lasting change in the management of Malawi’s fisheries.
The N’zatonse project, or Strengthening Public-Private Partnership in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, is supporting Malawi's Ministry of Health, private service providers and non-governmental organizations to improve knowledge and acceptance of modern family planning methods to improve access to sexual and reproductive health and rights services using a rights-based and gender-sensitive approach. PSI is implementing the project in partnership with Pact, which has done extensive capacity development with local partners in the areas of monitoring and evaluation, financial management, gender, and the management of youth clubs. We are also working closely with the Ministry of Health to implement a mentoring program to ensure that long acting reversible contraception and youth friendly health services are high-quality and available in rural areas.
Coordinating Comprehensive Care for Children (4Children)
This global project is improving health and wellbeing outcomes of orphans and vulnerable children affected by HIV and AIDS and other adversities. 4Children draws on evidence that these children do best when their families have access to high quality health and social welfare services. 4Children is strengthening Malawian health systems and uses a comprehensive community OVC platform to deliver targeted and integrated HIV care and support. The project is being implemented by a consortium led by Catholic Relief Services in partnership with Pact, Plan International and Catholic Health Commission.
FISH PEPFAR and DREAMS
In Malawi, The United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and USAID’s DREAMS project (Determine Resilient Empowered AIDS-free Mentored Safe) is integrated into our FISH project. PEPFRAR and DREAMS activities are a targeted response in Mangochi, Machinga, and Zomba among the high-risk fishermen population. In areas where the fisheries sector is a primary source of livelihoods, adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) are at high risk for HIV infection, and our activities target their male sexual partners. Additionally, men and mobile populations, like fishermen, continue to be the populations that don’t know their status and are not on treatment if they are HIV positive. We are working to increase understanding of barriers to uptake of and adherence to ART among high risk men in fishing communities, to introduce HIV Test and Start service delivery in fishing communities, and to enhance HIV service platforms for reaching high-risk men in fishing communities.