Dr. Rose Nyirenda, director of the HIV and AIDS Unit for the Malawi Ministry of Health, shared Malawi’s progress toward HIV epidemic control at a media training on January 9 regarding the upcoming MPHIA (Malawi Population-based HIV Impact Assessment) survey. The training was organized in partnership with ICAP in Malawi, which was represented by technical director Dr. Lyson Tenthani.
“The media has been very key in disseminating information on HIV and AIDS,” Dr. Nyirenda remarked, “and we believe you will also play a critical role in the implementation of the MPHIA survey.”
Malawi conducted the first MPHIA survey in 2015-16, finding that 76.8 percent of people living with HIV (ages 15 to 64) in Malawi reported knowing their status, 91.4 percent of those individuals self-reported being on ART, and 91.3 percent of that group were virally suppressed.
The latest MPHIA survey will include 15,000 households across the country, according to Dr. Tenthani.