National AIDS Commission (NAC) is a public trust, established by the Government of Malawi in 2001, to lead and provide technical coordination of all HIV and AIDS activities in Malawi. We respond to an expanded national HIV and AIDS programme which follows a multi-sectoral approach and interaction between HIV and AIDS and broader issues of population, economic development and management, social service provision, culture, community development and gender.

Our Vision

To be recognised for our leadership and effectiveness in coordinating the national HIV and AIDS response by 2018.

Our Mission

To provide leadership, technical guidance and coordination of the National HIV and AIDS response.

Our Values

Confidentiality: We are always sensitive to people’s needs and respect their privacy and special needs.Confidentiality: We are always sensitive to people’s needs and respect their privacy and special needs.

Excellent customer care: We always strive to meet clients’ needs and expectations in delivery of services. Excellence is our habit and we pledge to nurture it.

Transparency and accountability: We are open, honest and responsible in the way we discharge our duties. We are accountable to the people of Malawi and all our stakeholders.

Diversity: We uphold the multi-sectoral engagement and embrace the cultural, gender and religious differences of stakeholders in the response to HIV and AIDS.

Ethical conduct: We carry out our duties and responsibilities in a professional manner and respect the dignity of all stakeholders.


Our specific objectives are to:

  1. Manage and coordinate government policies on HIV and AIDS;
  2. Liaise with relevant institutions on all matters relating to HIV and AIDS in order to ensure that there are no legal, medical or regulatory barriers to information on HIV and AIDS;
  3. Develop and maintain an up-to-date information system and establish suitable mechanisms for disseminating and utilizing such information;
  4. Supervise, monitor and evaluate impact and progress of HIV and AIDS prevention, care and mitigation programmes; and,
  5. Develop and institute guidelines of cooperation among the Commission, Government and other organizations and agencies in Malawi.


The Commission comprises a Board of Commissioners and a Secretariat. The Board is responsible for policy guidance, high level advocacy, resource mobilization, approval of plans and budgets, and recruitment of senior members of staff.


The Chairperson of the Board of Commissioners reports to His Excellency the President through the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC). The Board of Commissioners has a multi-stakeholder representation from the Public Sector, Private Sector, Faith-based community, the Youth Sector, Academia and Research institutions, Traditional Leaders, Networks and Organizations of People Living with HIV (PLHIV).

The current Board of Commissioners is as follows:

  1. His Royal Highness Paramount Chief Kyungu XXIV, Board Chairperson.
  2. Reverend Reynold Mangisa, Vice Chairperson who also represents the faith-based Sector.
  3. Senior Chief Ngolongoliwa, representing traditional leaders.
  4. Dr. Albert Mkumbwa, representing the Private Sector.
  5. Mr. Andrew Kaponya, representing the academia and research institutions.
  6. Mr. Chimwemwe Kaonga, representing young people.
  7. Bishop Ephraim Disi Mbewe, representing networks and organizations of people living with HIV (PLHIV).

Ex-Officio Members representing the Public Sector:

  1. Secretary to the Treasury
  2. Secretary for Health.
  3. Secretary for Local Government and Rural Development.
  4. Secretary for Nutrition, HIV and AIDS in the Ministry of Health.

The Secretariat is responsible for the day-to-day planning and management of the national response. It is headed by the Executive Director who is supported by two directorates and two stand-alone units, namely, Directorate of Programmes; Directorate of Finance and Administration; Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Research Unit and Internal Audit Unit.


The National AIDS Commission is funded by the Government of Malawi and its funding and development partners as follows:

  1. The World Bank.
  2. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
  3. The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS).