The Blantyre Prevention Strategy (BPS), launched on 1st May 2020 as a “business unusual,” is a systems-based approach to HIV prevention aimed at building the capabilities needed at district level to detect and target risk, generate demand, effectively deliver current and emerging HIV prevention products and interventions, and support effective and sustained use of prevention products by the end user.
Launched in May 2020, the Blantyre Prevention Strategy (BPS) – an innovative, five-year, systems-focused approach to HIV prevention co-developed by Government of Malawi and Georgetown University Center for Innovation in Global Health (CIGH) experts – is on track to change the way future HIV prevention programs are designed and implemented.
BPS invests directly in improving Blantyre City and District’s abilities to detect and target disease risks, generate demand for prevention services based on risks, effectively deliver prevention products and interventions, and enable effective and sustained use of prevention products by individuals during their periods of risk.
To enhance coordination in the implementation of the Blantyre Prevention Strategy, partners and stakeholders convene at least once every month as the Blantyre Coordination Team (BCT). The BCT was established at project implementation level to serve as the key coordination mechanism for all implementing partners at this level. The team provides technical support and coordinate BPS implementation activities at district level across all BPS implementing partners.
At BCT meetings, partners and stakeholders share updates, progress reports and discuss upcoming plans and activities within their various work-streams. The Blantyre Coordination Team is co-chaired by the Directors of Health and Social Services for Blantyre District and Blantyre City, with the BPS Prevention Coordinator and Project Officer (serving as liaisons to NAC and Georgetown) serving as Secretariat. The BCT is composed of the Blantyre District Council, Blantyre City Council and implementing and consortium partners.