About us


The Expanding Malawi HIV/AIDS Prevention with Local Organizations Working for an Effective Epidemic Response (EMPOWER) – DREAMS Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) Services, is a five-year (5th March 2020 to 4th March 2025) USAID-funded project implemented by a consortium of FHI 360 (lead) and two local organizations, Christian Health Association of Malawi (CHAM) and Pakachere Institute for Health and Development Communication (Pakachere).

The Activity is designed to achieve sustainable impact by systematically transferring capacity to GOM, specifically the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Gender and Social Welfare and Ministry of Youth, Sports and culture, as well as to Local Partners (LP) to assume responsibility for managing the HIV response.

What we do?

Our Goal

The goal of EMPOWER Activity is to support the Government of Malawi (GoM)’s commitment to epidemic control by stopping HIV transmission and preventing new HIV infections among Adolescent Girls and Young Women, 10–24 years of age in the two DREAMS operational districts of Zomba and Machinga.

Project Objective

Objective 1

DREAMS AGYW Services — Increased uptake of Integrated Health Services targeting AGYW.

Intermediate Result areas

Increased availability of and access to high quality, integrated SRH/HIV services for AGYW

Increased utilization of integrated SRH/HIV services by AGYW

Improved access and adherence to PrEP by AGYW who meet national criteria for PrEP

Maintain a shared database to track layering of services for DREAMS beneficiaries

Strengthened linkage and referrals for AGYW to and from DREAMS services implemented by other partners

Who we are

Consortium of Partners

Leadership Team

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Richard Luhanga

Senior Technical Advisor (MEL)

Kumbukani Chawinga

Kumbukani Chawinga

Senior HIV Testing Advisor

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Maria Mkandawire

Technical Director DREAMS/AGYW

Ruth Kundecha

Ruth Kundecha

Senior Technical Officer-SRH/HIV

Leo Magombo

Leo Magombo

Senior Program Officer Capacity Strengthening and Program Management

Boniface Maket

Dr. Boniface Maket

Chief of Party

Contact us

Dr Boniface Maket, Chief of Party, USAID EMPOWER Project

Mulima House, Blue Gum Avenue 

P.O. Box 521, Zomba, Malawi


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