Coordination and Programme Management
The National AIDS Commission provides leadership and coordinates the multi-sectoral implementation of the National HIV and AIDS policy and strategic plans including the Malawi National HIV and AIDS Strategic Plan, 2015-2020 and the Malawi National HIV Prevention Strategy, 2015-2020. NAC also supports development and implementation of thematic guidelines on HIV prevention, impact mitigation and treatment, care and support. In addition, NAC supports capacity development initiatives at national, district and community levels for effective implementation of policies and strategies.
Furthermore, NAC advocates for the implementation of the Three Ones Principle which states that for a country like Malawi to effectively respond to HIV and AIDS it should have:
- One coordinating authority which happens to be the National AIDS Commission.
- One agreed upon country level monitoring and evaluation system. This principle is operationalised through the National HIV and AIDS Monitoring and Evaluation Plans.
- One HIV and AIDS Action Framework. Currently, the guiding framework is the Malawi National HIV and AIDS Strategic Plan, 2015-2020.
In order to be more inclusive in dealing with so many partners involved in HIV and AIDS work, the Malawi Partnership Forum (MPF) was established in October 2005 as a formal and representative forum for discussion, information sharing, consensus building, joint planning, and mutual support for all stakeholders involved in the response. The main role of the MPF is to maintain a formal and representative coordination structure for partners involved in HIV and AIDS response in Malawi. On quarterly basis, members of the MPF meet to discuss matters pertaining to the implementation of the National HIV and AIDS Strategic Plan.