Strategic Initiative in Chronic Diseases and Disability

The demographic trajectory of Malawi indicates that in 15 years, the population will have doubled to over 30 million. Currently, 40% of adults have chronic lung impairment, while 34% are hypertensive, and HIV prevalence is 10.6%. The MLW Programme has recently established focused excellence in three key areas which have received little attention in sub-Saharan Africa - lung health, the chronic effects of HIV including stroke, and HIV/diabetic retinopathy and will develop these areas to Programmatic levels of funding and activity.