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, 2020-2025 and 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.
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 multi-sectoral forum for discussion, information sharing, consensus building, joint planning, and mutual support for all stakeholders involved in the response. The MPF provide strategic direction and technical guidance to the NAC Board of Commissioners and Management in the planning, financing and implementation of the Malawi’s national response to HIV and AIDS.
Public Sector Response
The Department of Human Resources Management and Development (DHRMD) in the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC), coordinates the HIV and AIDS response in the public sector i.e. ministries, departments, training institutions and parastatal organisations. Its main role is to facilitate and ensure that government agencies have HIV and AIDS workplace programmes and policies. To ensure smooth implementation of workplace interventions, there is a Public Sector Steering Committee comprising principal secretaries and chief executives which provides policy leadership and guidance on the public sector response.
Local Authorities coordinate the implementation of the response at district, city level and community levels. They have the responsibility to mobilize resources for community programmes, implemented through CBOs, Support Groups, and Community AIDS Committees (CACs). District development committees (DDCs) and Area Development Committees (ADCs) complement the work of local NGOs.
The District AIDS Coordinating Committee is the anchor which acts as the lead coordinating body at district level for the response and it also advises the District Executive Committee on the implementation and monitoring of the response. Its coordinated through the office of the Director of Health and Social Services who manages the biomedical response and the Director of Planning and Development for the non-biomedical response.
Private Sector Response
The Malawi Business Coalition for Health (MBCH) coordinates the response for private sector companies and business institutions. Its major roles are mobilisation of companies, development of workplace programmes, reporting and evaluation of the private sector response to HIV and AIDS.
People Living with HIV (PLHIV)
The Malawi Network of People Living with HIV (MANET +) coordinates all organisations for people living with HIV and AIDS (PLHIV). These member organisations serve and advocate for issues affecting PLHIV in order to improve their welfare so that they can meaningfully contribute to the national development agenda.
Civil Society Response
The Malawi Network of AIDS service organisations (MANASO) coordinates local and international NGOs that implement various HIV and AIDS activities in the country.
The Malawi Interfaith AIDS Association (MIAA) coordinates all faith based organisations implementing HIV and AIDS interventions.
The National Youth Council of Malawi (NYCOM) coordinates all youth organisations implementing HIV and AIDS interventions. NYCOM works with district youth offices to ensure that the response to HIV and AIDS is spread across the country.
Higher Education Response
The National council of Higher Education (NCHE) which regulates the higher education institutions like universities and colleges is responsible for coordination the response to HIV and AIDS among the higher education institutions . NCHE is one of the recent coordinating bodies established under the national response based on the evidence that there was low HIV and AIDS programming and death of information on HIV and AIDS among colleges and universities. Besides, there a casual approach to HIV and AIDS among students and staff in terms of planning, coordination, monitoring and evaluation of the response.
Construction Sector Response
The National Construction Industry Council which has been mandated with the role of promoting and regulating the construction industry under the act of parliament has also been entrusted with the coordination of the HIV and AIDS response among the construction players. This was based on the fact that given the huge volumes of resources and complexity of construction industry , the sector needed to have a robust and well-coordinated systems and plans to address the various HIV and AIDS needs and challenges which are encountered in the sector during construction by local and international players.