Planet Aid supports two teacher training colleges in Malawi, who are operated by Planet Aid's sister organization Development Aid from People to People Malawi (DAPP Malawi).
DAPP Malawi began operating in 1995, and has implemented projects that focus on community development, education, HIV/AIDS prevention, and agriculture and food, benefiting over 750,000 people annually. DAPP Malawi currently operates more than 15 projects that are carried out in close partnership with the Malawi government and local and district authorities.
Teacher Training Colleges
The DAPP Malawi's 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 high. Teachers conduct outreach activities for the surrounding communities while also offering lessons that range from basic computer skills to adult literacy.
Total Control of Tuberculosis Malawi (TC-TB) is an awareness campaign that reached out to people through community mobilization to fight the epidemic of tuberculosis in Malawi. Started in February of 2015, the objective of the project was to reduce new TB infections in order to further mitigate the burden and impact of TB, along with HIV/AIDS co-infections.
In 2108, the projects reached over 8,000 households with information regarding TB/HIV, and approximately 1,000 referred for diagnosis. The project came to an end in April, 2018.
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 sought to improve nutrition prior to and during pregnancy, as well as during the first two years of a child's life.
The project reached completion in August of 2017, having reached over 50,000 households through door-to-door campaigns that year. The project distributed 47,000 fruit trees with high nutritional value, conducted over 2,000 meetings on child feeding practices, and distributed over 18,000 condoms in 2017.
Until 2013, Planet Aid supported the Farmers’ Club program in Malawi. This program mobilized small-scale farmers to work together to increase and diversify crops and to implement soil and water conservation. DAPP Malawi and the Malawi Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Water Development cooperated to develop and implement the Farmers’ Clubs, 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.
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/AIDS prevention education, treatment referrals, and follow-up. In addition, TCE Malawi helps HIV-positive women learn their status, counsels them on prevention of mother-to-child transmission, encourages enrollment and adherence to clinical services, emphasizes the need for prompt treatment of fever for children under five, 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 reached more than 420,000 people.
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.
Planet Aid most recently supported DAPP Malawi's Child Aid projects in the districts of Thyolo and Chiradzulu in 2016. These projects began in 2013 and have been focused on improving water and sanitation across 700 villages in the districts.