To prevent the spread of disease and improve community health, GAIA developed our signature program, GAIA Villages, focused on improving community health and awareness.
With the help of local village leaders, GAIA selects, trains, supervises and employs four local women in each village to provide:
The GAIA Villages intervention is intensive and lasts for three years, working with communities to solidify health and economic gains. To date, GAIA has served over 260,000 rural Malawians in 180 villages and has employed more than 720 Community Caregivers.
|Orphan Care and Education|
|• Clothes, toiletries & blankets
• School supplies & tuition
• Supplemental food
• Health monitoring
|• Health & hygiene
• Educational gender gap
• Enrollment & graduation rate
The project assists approximately 50 orphans per village & has been shown to increase school enrollment by 32%
|HIV Prevention & Health Education|
|• Door-to-door counseling
• Village health talks
• Community performances
• Bed net distribution
|• HIV testing/prevention
• Health seeking behaviors
Health talks draw over 1000 attendees per month, roughly half the population of a typical village. One year of health education increases HIV testing by 16%.
|Home Based Care|
|• Daily/Weekly home visits
• Health monitoring & medication adherence
• Referral for care
• Nutritional Supplements
• Assistance with chores
• Companionship and hospice care
|• Patients discharged healthy
• Reduced illness & mortality
• Fewer orphaned children
100% of HIV+ patients have access to follow up care.
|• Youth Clubs
• HIV support groups
• Goat husbandry
• Platform for partner interventions
|• Youth HIV infection prevention
• Empowerment for HIV+ people
• Income generation
2,000 village youth participate in athletic, vocational, and health education activities each month.