Working with Development Aid from People to People - Malawi (DAPP Malawi), Planet Aid supports Teacher Training Colleges, Frontline Institute, Total Control of Tuberculosis (TC-TB), Child Aid, and Nutrition Projects.
DAPP Malawi began operating in 1995, and has implemented projects that focus on community development, education, HIV/AIDS prevention, and agriculture and food, benefiting nearly 1 million people annually. DAPP Malawi currently operates more than 15 projects that are carried out in close partnership with the National Government and local and district authorities.
Teacher Training Colleges
The DAPP Teacher Training Program is designed to train primary school teachers in rural areas while also training them to become leaders in the local communities where they teach. Upon graduation, the teachers are employed by the Ministry of Education to teach in rural primary schools where the need for qualified teachers is very high. Teachers conduct outreach activities for the surrounding communities while also offering lessons that range from basic computer skills to adult literacy.
Planet Aid supports DAPP teacher training colleges at Dowa and Amalika. In 2015, the Dowa teacher training college graduated 71 students from the program. There are currently 238 students enrolled in the 3-year program, 90 of whom began in the 2015 school year. Last year, the program greatly benefited the local community by starting 3 new preschools, which have increases the number of young children able to receive an education. Additionally, there are over 20,000 primary school students benefiting front the DNS students' instruction in the teaching practice schools.
DNS Amalika graduated 61 students in 2015. There are currently 213 students enrolled in the program. In 2015, over 2,400 primary school students directly benefitted from the DNS teaching practice schools.
Planet Aid funds a Frontline Institute in Malawi. The Frontline Institute trains local people to work on the frontline of development and fight against poverty, hunger, illiteracy, and disease. Trainees are placed in teams and given the skills and conceptual thinking to lead projects and mobilize their communities. The teams work on development projects, agricultural production, and community campaigns. In 2015, the Frontline Institute prepared 14 individuals with the knowledge and skills to work in development.
Total Control of Tuberculosis Malawi (TC-TB) is an awareness campaign that reaches out to people through community mobilization to fight the epidemic of tuberculosis in Malawi. Started in April of 2014, the project reaches a population of 500,000 people in Mulanje district. The objective of the project is to reduce new TB infections in order to further mitigate the burden and impact of TB, TB/HIV co-infection, and AIDS.
In 2015, the project reached 319,000 people with information regarding TB/HIV through large awareness rallies. Over 39,000 people were screened for TB and nearly 8,000 were referred for diagnosis.
The Child Aid program builds capacity in communities to reduce poverty and give families the best conditions in which to raise their children. Over the course of five years, the Child Aid program works with families that are organized into Family Action Groups who are trained and then go on to implement various projects within their own communities. Projects are based on the particular community's needs, but will focus on the areas of: Family Economy, Health and Hygiene, Preschool Education, Children as Active Participants in Society, Children at Risk, Education, Community Development, and Environment.
In 2015, DAPP implemented Child Aid projects in the districts of Thyolo and Chiradzulu. These projects began in 2013 and have been focused on improving water and sanitation across 700 villages in the districts. The project is also working to teach people in the area how to prevent common diseases and fight the spread of HIV/AIDS. During the past year, Child Aid provided over 38,000 households with access to basic sanitation and improved water facilities for over 46,000 people. The project also constructed or repaired over 200 boreholes and constructed over 3,500 firewood-saving stoves to save families time and money.
In 2014 DAPP Malawi began a nutrition project in Dowa to address the nutrition crisis in the region, placing special emphasis on pregnant women, lactating mothers, and children under two years of age. Low household incomes, poor child feeding and care practices, and insufficient knowledge about nutrition, have lead to disease, anemia, and malnutrition, especially in infants and children. These problems can all be prevented through early interventions, which is why the project seeks to improve nutrition prior to and during pregnancy, as well as during the first two years of a child's life.
In 2015, the project reached 20,000 households with information on sexual reproductive health and identified over 2,000 people living with HIV/AIDS who were then given nutrition and health training. The project also established backyard gardens for over 2,000 households and mobilized people to install nearly 10,000 energy-saving stoves.
DAPP has also established nutrition projects in the Blantyre and Chiradzulu districts to combat malnutrition in infants and children and reduce child and maternal anemia in poor rural communities. In 2015, over 62,000 people registered for these nutrition projects and over 400,000 people were mobilized to establish Nutrition and Health Care Groups. These groups were provided training on hygiene and sanitation and, as a result, over 3,500 hand washing facilities were constructed.
Until 2013, Planet Aid supported the Farmers’ Club Program, a program that mobilized small-scale farmers to work together to increase and diversify crops and to implement soil and water conservation. DAPP and the Malawi Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Water Development cooperated to develop and implement the Farmers’ Club Program, which focused on organizing farmers into self-supportive groups, providing them with technical training, and linking them to government institutions. These practices helped to reduce hunger and malnutrition, expand farm productivity, and substantially increase farm income. Read more about Farmers Clubs.
Total Control of the Epidemic
The Total Control of the Epidemic (TCE) Program was launched in Malawi in 2007 in the Zomba and Blantyre districts. It is a community-based program designed to reach individuals with HIV prevention education, treatment referrals, and follow-up. In addition, TCE Malawi helps HIV-positive women learn their status, counsels on prevention of mother to child transmission, encourages enrollment and adherence to clinical services, helps mothers to get anti-malarial medication, emphasizes need for prompt treatment of fever for children under 5, and has incorporated malaria prevention into its program. The door-to-door campaign provides the link between the existing health services and the community and has reached more than 420,000 people.
TCE in Malawi is currently implementing its activities in the Blantyre Urban and Mulanje Districts, reaching out with information with HIV education and health services. In 2014, the program provided counseling to 220,000 people and tested 2,461 couples for HIV. Read more about TCE.