Overview of MaiKhanda

MaiKhanda was established in 2006 as a local Non-Governmental Organization and is registered with the NGO Board of Malawi and the Council for Non-Governmental Organizations in Malawi (CONGOMA). MaiKhanda Trust is a Malawian non-governmental organization established in 2006 to implement interventions that would lead to reduction in maternal and newborn mortality hence aiming largely at contributing to the general recommendations of the Road Map for the accelerated reduction of maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality. MaiKhanda (Mother-Baby in Chichewa) addresses issues of maternal and newborn health (MNH) supply and demand. MaiKhanda delivered a randomized control trial (RCT) from 2006-2011 designed to test the efficacy of quality improvement (QI) in health facilities and community mobilization focused on women’s groups for reducing maternal and newborn mortality. During this time MaiKhanda developed and refined an integrated package to address delays in deciding to seek MNH care and to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality. This includes women’s groups and community led safe motherhood task forces in communities and quality improvement (QI) initiatives at health facilities. The RCT demonstrated that the programme approach of addressing both supply and demand issues through women’s groups, taskforces and QI initiatives contributed to a decrease in neonatal mortality.

Over the years, Maikhanda has gained substantial programming experience as well as reputation that has enabled it to successfully collaborate and implement projects in Malawi.


Our mission is to save the lives of mothers and their babies by working with the Ministry of Health and other partners, supporting their efforts to improve quality of healthcare simultaneously in communities and health facilities.


Women delivering at health facility.

To achieve our Mission, we emphasize the need to excel in the following competencies:


Communicating & influencing.

Creativity and innovation.

Expertise in inspiring and leading staff and key stakeholder groups


Working as a team.

Managing performance.

Managing relationships.

Expertise in quality improvement techniques and community empowerment methodologies.


Demonstrating strategic thinking.

Being financially aware.

Expertise in financial management, HR, logistics.


Maintaining external awareness.

Maintaining stakeholder relationships.

Championing organizational learning.

Expertise in public relations, fundraising or communications.

Monitoring and evaluation

Developing relevant systems.

Championing capacity building.

Documenting and dissemination of lessons.

Expertise in community and facility level monitoring, documentation and advocacy for adoption.


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