One Community is USAID’s flagship community-based response to Malawi’s HIV epidemic. The primary objective of One Community is to mitigate the impact of HIV and prevent new infections among priority populations.
One Community’s strategic approach focuses on building strong HIV-competent communities, families and individuals. It is based on a socio-ecological model that links the actions of individual children, adolescents and adults to the actions of families and communities, the services available to them, and the norms, policies and social structures that govern them.
One Community’s approach is operationalized through three core activity areas:
- increasing the uptake of HIV prevention, care and support services;
- increasing positive behaviors that reduce the impact of HIV on communities; and
- strengthening the capacity of Malawian partners to lead and implement this work.
The project will empower priority populations with the knowledge, efficacy and skills to effectively utilize HIV and social services, while at the same time strengthening community HIV support and prevention responses and creating positive aspirations and future opportunities for those most affected by HIV.
The overall outcome of One Community will be reduced incidence of new infections and improved clinical, social and economic outcomes among orphans and vulnerable children, adolescents living with HIV, people living with HIV and AIDS, and other vulnerable populations in communities served by priority treatment sites in the eight project districts.
One Community is implemented by the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, Project HOPE and Plan International.
- Conducted consultations with Traditional Authorities, Group Village Headmen, Area Development Committees, Village Development Committees, faith leaders and community-based organization representatives in 37 catchment areas.
- Gained the full support and commitment of 37 Traditional Authorities.
- Engaged 58 Traditional Authorities and 77 faith leaders in advocacy sessions to examine and discuss gender norms and HIV risk reduction.
- Oriented health facility management and staff on program participant recruitment, referral and linkages processes in 37 health facilities.
- Initiated recruitment and engagement of 416 Community Engagement Facilitators and 2000+ Community Resource Persons. These two groups will be the “boots on the ground” of One Community implementation.