GAIA Programs

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GAIA currently works in Malawi, a small but densely populated country of 16 million people located in Sub-Saharan Africa at the epicenter of the global HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Our approach to preventing and treating HIV involves connecting the most remote and rural communities to needed care through our GAIA Elizabeth Taylor Mobile Health Clinics, building healthcare capacity and educating the next generation of nurses through our Nursing Scholarship Program and implementing a program to create healthier communities through health education, home-based care, protecting the most vulnerable orphans and support for rural villagers, particularly women, through our GAIA Villages Program.

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GAIA Villages

Mobile Health Clinics

Nursing Programs

Why Malawi?

  • The country has been rated poorest in the world by the World Bank in 2015. (Average annual income per capita is $250)
  • With the 9th highest HIV prevalence rate among adults. (10.3% compared to 1.8% globally)
  • Over 790,000 children have been orphaned by AIDS. In total, over one million of the 16 million people in Malawi are orphaned children.
  • The maternal mortality rate is one of the highest in the world at 460 per 100,000 live births and the preterm birth rate is the highest in the world.
  • And there is an extreme shortage of healthcare workers (3 health care workers per 10,000 people compared to the World Health Organization’s minimum threshold of 23. South Africa has 48.)
  • In a country where over 80% of the population lives in rural villages far from doctors, nurses and clinics,and only 9% of the population is connected to the power grid, basic health and educational interventions produce profound community change.