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Contacts

Alan Brooks

country director
abrooks@pactworld.org

Phesheya Vilakazi

program manager
pvilakazi@pactworld.org

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

In historic milestone, Malawi fishing communities take true ownership over local natural resource management

September 3, 2018
The notion of participatory fisheries management isn’t new in Malawi. It was first introduced 25 years ago as a means to address collapsing fish species populations in the country’s lakes, which have...

To stop the spread of HIV in Malawi, bringing services to fishermen is critical

July 26, 2018
By Mercy Phiri Layton Nyama lives in Makawa, a village in Mangochi along the southwest arm of Lake Malawi. His only source of income is fishing. Last year, though, Layton began having trouble doing...

At a fish 'maternity ward' in Malawi, one man inspires an entire community

July 25, 2018
By Issa Mwanjabe and Mercy Phiri Every morning, 27-year-old Amini Mustafa goes to a swamp near his house, throwing in maize brans and chicken dung. This swamp, which looks deserted because of the old...

Using science to improve fishing

July 6, 2018
The Fisheries Integration of Society and Habitats project, or FISH, is a 5-year, USAID-funded project focused on biodiversity conversation and climate change adaptation in four major lake bodies in...

WORTH in Malawi: Protecting lakes and empowering local entrepreneurs

May 13, 2018
By Judith Njikho Anna Kankwalala has always worked to contribute income to her household, despite cultural norms here that say it is a man’s domain. “I have never believed in staying idle and waiting...

Finding a familiar face – and progress – amid Malawi's FISH

May 2, 2018
In 2015, Monica Mazuwa didn’t seem disillusioned. But as she talked about the challenges facing beach village committees, I wondered how she wasn’t. She was candid about their work at the time, “The...

At Malawi's Lake Chilwa, local fishing communities make an important decision for their future

April 3, 2018
By Mercy Phiri Lakes are critical to the people of Malawi, providing them with nutrition as well as a vital livelihood. So when local communities decided this winter to extend the closed season at...

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...