Funded in May 2020 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Blantyre Prevention Strategy (BPS) was co-developed with local and national governments and a consortium of partners. The project supports the development of an optimal system for the sustained prevention of HIV infection that is fully embedded in local structures.
BPS develops innovations along with the Malawian government, NGOs, and local actors, ranging from data systems to civil society support. These systems will raise the performance of HIV prevention along the HIV prevention cascade, by targeting high-risk populations, generating demand for services, optimizing service delivery, and creating an environment for sustained adherence to prevention interventions. Attention to strengthening local governance will enable city and district leadership to more effectively coordinate an efficient and sustainable HIV prevention response. The government of Malawi has chosen Blantyre as an initial district for implementation due to its high HIV prevalence and incidence rate and structural risk environment. The program works in close alignment with existing partners such as PEPFAR, Global Fund, UNAIDS, Fast-Track Cities, and others in order to complement and strengthen existing investments and ensure sustained performance.