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Organization Contact Information

Name: Women for Fair Development (WOFAD)
Street 1: Zalewa M1 Road
Street 2:
City: Blantyre
Province: Southern Region
Post Code: +265
Country: Malawi
Phone: (+265) 1682069
Organization Email:
Web Site:
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Focal Point Contact Information

Salutation: Ms
First Name: Linnah Lindiwe
Last Name: Matanya
Title: Executive Director
Phone: (+265) 999342025

Alternate Focal Point Contact Information

Salutation: Ms
First Name: Ruth
Last Name: Mpando
Title: Finance and Adminstration
Phone: (+265) 999351857

General Information

Board Constituency: Developing Country NGO
Is your organization legally registered in your country: Yes
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Organization Type - Primary: Non-Governmental Organization
Organization Type - Secondary: Other Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)
Organization Description:
1.To improve the social, economic and environmental-related issues affecting women and children by empowering them with knowledge and skills towards a better and healthier society.
2.WOFAD has been mobilizing communities to advocate for increased allocation of resources to support the introduction of New and Rapid TB diagnostics within Global Funds Grants. WOFAD submitted a TB-HIV specific expression of interest to the CCM of the Global Fund outlining TB interventions to be included in the Country proposal to the Global Fund. Apparently, TB receives minimal grants from the CCM of the Global Fund; as such it remains a challenge since the Government’s resources are still insufficient to support the growing demand for TB services. WOFAD is also a sub recipient of Global Fund Grants through the National AIDS Commission.

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Specializations / Areas of Work


Other Organization Information

Total number of staff in your organization: 6 - 10
Number of full-time staff who are directly involved with TB: 1 - 5
Number of part-time staff who are directly involved with TB: 1 - 5
Number of volunteers who are directly involved with TB: 6 - 10
How did you hear about the Stop TB Partnership: Other partners
If you were informed or referred by another partner of the Stop TB Partnership please tell us who:
Why do you wish join the Stop TB Partnership: Involvement in Stop TB Working Groups
Are you a member of a Stop TB national partnership: No
Are you in contact with your national TB programme: No
Please tell us how your organization is contributing to your country's national TB control plan:
The Malawi Nation Tuberculosis programme has developed a 5 year Strategic Plan (2011-2016) in order to reduce the burden of TB in Malawi. At local level, the plan is aligned to the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS) WHILE AT Global level; it is aligned to the WHO Stop TB Strategy. This project therefore intends to address some of the interventions in the plan particularly those focusing on community empowerment.
Currently, WOFAD is implementing a Home Based Care (HBC) initiative where it has empowered communities to form HBC Committees that help people with communicable diseases through psychosocial support. This programme follows the HBC Policy that has just been developed in the country.

Geographical Reach

Which country is your headquarters located in: Malawi
Which countries do you do operate in:
(This includes countries you are conducting activities in)


Please tell us how your organization will contribute to the Global Plan to Stop TB by briefly describing its involvement in any of the areas of work listed below:

TB Care Delivery:

Empower people with TB, and communities
through partnership
Pursue advocacy, communication and social
Foster community participation in TB care,
prevention and health promotion
Promote use of the Patients’ Charter for
Tuberculosis Care

Address TB/HIV, MDR-TB, and the needs of
poor and vulnerable populations
a. Scale up collaborative TB/HIV activities
b. Scale up prevention and management of
c. Address the needs of TB contacts, and of poor
and vulnerable population


Declaration of interests:
Women are often affected differently by TB than men. In particular, TB progresses more quickly in women of reproductive age than in men in that age group (15 – 44 years). Growing evidence also indicates that TB has implications for women’s reproductive health, including links with infertility, risks of prematurity, obstetric morbidity, and low birth weight. The impact of gender dynamics on TB detection and treatment has not been studied extensively, but there are some clear links. Gender-related barriers have serious impact World WOFAD women’s access to TB information and services, which contribute to late or missed case detection in women. Where women do not control family resources, they often delay seeking medical care for themselves. In many household in Malawi, by tradition, women are not permitted to leave the home without permission, and are fearful of being seen going to a TB clinic, they often miss health promotion programs and remain unaware of TB symptoms. Additionally, women suffer stigma and discrimination related to their HIV or TB status, they may not seek treatment for fear of rejection. Some studies have shown that women wait up to twice as long as men to seek treatment for TB, which can increase the severity of their illness at the time of detection, decrease the success of treatment, and raise the risks that they will infect others.

Application date: April 2, 2014
Last updated: May 12, 2014