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About Preventive Health Services

Preventive Health Services (PHS) is one of the directorates in the Ministry of Health. It is headed by the Director of Preventive Health Services (DPHS). The DPHS reports to the Secretary for Health. Reporting to the Director of Preventive Health Services are; Deputy Directors of Preventive Health Services responsible for Malaria, Public Health Laboratory, Extended Programme of Immunizations (EPI), Tuberculosis Control (TB)  and Deputy Director of Preventive Health Services responsible for Health Education Services.

Vision

The vision of the Preventive Health Services is to keep the people of Malawi free from all communicable diseases and other public health problems.

Mission

The core business of the Preventive Health Services is to efficiently and effectively design and implement preventive and promotive health programmes that aim at reducing the burden of preventable, communicable and treatable diseases to a level of no public health significance in Malawi.

Strategic Objectives

In order to realize its mission, the department intends to use the following strategic objectives through its Programmes:

  • To reduce the malaria burden to a level of no public health significance in Malawi, using the Roll Back Malaria initiative
  • To promote community participation and involvement in the utilization of cost-effective essential health care packages
  • To promote public health awareness for positive behaviour change.
  • To provide preventive care and treatment of schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiasis.
  • To have early recognition and treatment of ARI among children under the age of five.
  • To promote early detection and prompt treatment of the African Human Trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness).
  • To reduce mortality and morbidity among children less than five years through Integration of Management of Childhood Illnesses
  • To provide early tuberculosis case detection, early treatment and cure in an equitable and acceptable manner within the resources available in order to achieve standards and targets.
  • To promote early detection and prompt treatment of leprosy and skin diseases
  • To reduce infant morbidity and mortality rates due to vaccine preventable diseases¬† through provision of quality immunization services
  • To eliminate Onchocerciasis in Malawi
  • To detect, prevent and control the occurrence of diseases / hazards resulting from environmental factors such as water, air, soil, and work environments.

Sub Units

The preventive health section of the Ministry of Health has the following sub units:

  • Malaria
  • ARI (Acute Respiratory Tract Infection)
  • EPI (Expanded Programme on Immunization)
  • Skin/Leprosy¬† Onchocerciasis
  • Trypanosomiasis
  • IMCI (Integrated Management of Childhood Illness)
  • Schistosomiasis
  • Lymphatic filariasis
  • Primary Health Care
  • Health Education services
  • Environmental Health services and
  • Epidemiology.
  • Public Health Laboratory
  • Tuberculosis
 
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