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In November 2011 the Ministry of Health (MoH) formed a Task Force to develop a Strategic Plan, Concept Paper and Road Map as well as lead, advise and coordinate the consultations and development process towards the establishment of a Public Health Institute of Malawi (PHIM). The Task Force completed its work in August 2012 and the MoH Senior Management approved establishment of PHIM in November 2012.

A team was formed that will:

1. Cost the Strategic plan

2. Develop the work plan for inception of PHIM

3. Mobilize resources for construction of PHIM

4. Construct PHIM

5. Turning of PHIM into a Public Trust

6. Operationalization of PHIM

The functions or the definition of such an institute can be done in a form of the statements shown below:

  • Public Health Institutes provide science-based leadership and public health services, and they help catalyze the responses of countries to important public health challenges,
  • They are science-based organization or network of organizations that provides national leadership and expertise to efforts to achieve substantive, long-term improvements in the public’s health,
  • They are multi-faceted organizations that include people with a wide range of skills and experience who perform critical public health functions, such as surveillance and research,
  • Examples include US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

PHIM objectives and setup:

1. PHIM will be a centre of excellence in public health that contributes towards quality and productive life of all Malawians,

2. Through its functions of providing evidence informed public health interventions and guidance on public health policy formulation, it will enable MoH to:

  •  Attain health related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and,
  •  Attain the Malawi Growth Development Strategy (MGDS),
  •  Address public health challenges, and,
  •  Effectively respond to public health emergences.

3. PHIM will have the following scientific and administrative divisions:

  •  Scientific divisions

              i. Public Health Reference Laboratory

              ii. Surveillance, Research and Development

              iii. Disease Prevention and Response

  •  Management and administrative divisions

              i. Development of human resources for public health

              ii. Financing and Administration