Two Promising Social Accountability Approaches to Improve Health in Malawi

In by Avani Duggaraju


Social Acct RT Malawi



This document summarizes two social accountability approaches that have been applied in Malawi for over a decade, with measurable successes. The authors’ intent is to further promote the engagement of civil society to strengthen national health systems, and to share useful experiences more broadly with colleagues within the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as well as the wider global health community. This is part of a larger effort by the Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) to encourage the incorporation of civil society engagement and the institutionalization of community health programming into the context of national health system strengthening.

The selection of social accountability case study topics was conducted collaboratively with USAID/Malawi, UNICEF, CARE’s Community Score Card Consulting Group, the Malawi Health Equity Network (MHEN), and the Malawi Social Accountability Task Force, among others.