E.7.Stakeholder analysis of HIV/AIDS Organisations in Northern Malawi
by L. Smith, C. Lee, A. Gaston
Objectives & Scope: The objectives of this study were to explore the nature and scope of Community-Based Organizations (CBO) coverage in northern Malawi, and to explore the degree and quality of networking between the organizations providing the existing coverage.
Methodology: Qualitative research methods in the forms of semi-structured interviews and document data analysis were used in this study.
Results: We were able to interview 30 organizations and 3 District AIDS Coordinating Committees (DACC) representing 3 districts. CBOs are working with each other, their DACC, respective umbrella organizations and, to a lesser extent, regional/national coordinating NGOs. Even with this networking there is evidence that services are not reaching everyone in need, particularly those in more remote areas.
Conclusions: It was found that there is a great amount of work being done on HIV/AIDS in the northern region of Malawi. However, the need is greater than the capacity currently being provided and the need is growing. Unsurprisingly, networking and collaboration between stakeholders, including DACC and NAC designated umbrella organizations, varies by district. We also found that while there are new resources, primarily from the Global Fund, being channeled to CBOs for care, treatment and impact mitigation programs, the level of resources available for community advocacy and behavior change programs is relatively lacking.
Recommendations: It is our recommendation that the Malawi National AIDS Commission (NAC) institutes the best practices of umbrella organizations that are most effectively facilitating a positive partnership between DACCs and CBOs for all of the umbrella organizations. We also recommend that more resources are made available to support the capacity building and prevention and advocacy programs of CBOs.