GAIA Villages

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:

  1. Orphan care and education including supplemental nutrition, school supplies and fees, and a sustainable income source,
  2. Face-to-face health education and disease prevention tools,
  3. Home based care for the ill, and
  4. Community development through HIV support groups, youth clubs and goat husbandry to empower people living with HIV, prevent new HIV infections and generate income.

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.

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VillagesGAIA Programs Overview

GAIA Villages

Mobile Health Clinics

Nursing Programs

Improving the Health of Malawi Village by Village

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
• Destigmatization
• 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
• Destigmatization
• Fewer orphaned children

100% of HIV+ patients have access to follow up care.

Community Development
• 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.