MPHIA Interviewers

The Malawi Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (MPHIA) survey was Malawi's first household-based, national survey conducted between November 2015-August 2016 to measure the status of Malawi's HIV response.

MPHIA 2015 offered HIV counseling and testing with return of results, collected information about household and individual characteristics and uptake of HIV care and treatment services.

The survey team visited over 11,000 households to collect this information. Preliminary results were announced in October 2016 and the final report was released in October 2018.

In January 2020, a second MPHIA survey was launched by the Ministry of Health to assess the country's progress towards HIV epidemic control and reaching the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets.

The MPHIA 2020 survey is currently in its data collection phase.

MPHIA 2020 in the News

Maravi Post: MPHIA 2020 Survey Critical for Malawians to Understand Other HIV/AIDS Aspects
Malawi's Minister of Health, Jappie Mhango, believes the MPHIA 2020 survey will guide the Ministry of Health towards reaching the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets.

Nyasa Times: U.S. Reaffirms Commitment to Supporting Malawi's HIV Fight
The Government of Malawi will undertake the MPHIA survey for the second time with funding from the U.S. Government. (All Africa)

Nyasa Times: Malawi Scores Highly on Global 90-90-90 HIV Targets
As Malawi prepares for its new MPHIA 2020 survey, the Ministry of Health reviews national progress towards global HIV targets.


Key Findings from MPHIA 2016

HIV incidence among adults 15-64 years: 0.37%
HIV prevalence among adults 15-64 years: 10.6%
HIV prevalence among children 0-14 years:1.5%
Viral load suppression among adults 15-64 years living with HIV:68.3%
90-90-90 among adults living with HIV 15 years and older:76.8% of adults living with HIV know their status;
91.4% of those individuals self-report being on anti-retroviral therapy (ART);
91.3% of those who report being on ART have viral load suppression.


MPHIA 2016 Summary Sheet

Slides with Figures and Maps



MPHIA 2016 Final Report


MPHIA 2016 Results in the News

The Economist: A report shows HIV in retreat in many African countries
The new data suggest that Africa is on the cusp of beating back HIV. But to do so it will have to redouble its efforts to educate, test and treat more people.

UNAIDS: UNAIDS Welcomes Compelling Results of Progress in AIDS Response from Surveys Supported by the United States of America in Three Africa Countries
Upon the release of compelling new evidence of national AIDS programme successes in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe, UNAIDS congratulates the countries as well as the United States of America for its consistently outstanding support to the global AIDS response.

The Huffington Post: PEPFAR: Saving Lives And Changing The Course Of The AIDS Epidemic
We now have clear evidence from PEPFAR’s Population-based HIV Impact Assessments (PHIAs) that the epidemic is becoming controlled in older adults and babies in Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

Science: AIDS epidemic nears control in three African countries
This World AIDS Day, surprisingly good news came out of southern Africa, the region in the world that has suffered the most from HIV. A random household survey done of some 80,000 people in Malawi found that more than 86% of the people on treatment had fully suppressed their virus.

Science: Southern Africa’s AIDS epidemic takes nosedive
The new data show that each of these three countries is approaching the UNAIDS 90-90-90 goal to control HIV/AIDS epidemics. UNAIDS modeling shows that epidemics will peter out if 90% of infected people know their HIV status, 90% of that group receive antiretrovirals, and 90% on treatment have undetectable viral levels.