History

LIN signed a cooperation agreement with the Government of Malawi (GoM) through Ministry of Health (MoH) on 18 March 2009, and was approved by the Ministry of Women and Child Development on 12 May 2012 as an International NGO in Malawi with CONGOMA registration no.: C 449/2009.

LIN’s Malawi Office is based in Mzuzu and operates in the Northern region of the country, covering the Mzimba North, Mzimba South, Rumphi, Nkhata Bay, Karonga and Chitipa Districts.

Areas of work

Kuunia Project – Data for Action: The Kuunika Project is a 4-year program funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and implemented through the Government of Malawi (GOM) and partners including LIN, Baobab Health Trust, I-TECH and Lighthouse Malawi since 2016. It aims to establish a strong base of high-quality, routinely-available data and an ingrained culture of data use among technicians and policy makers in the health sector, using HIV as a first use case. LIN is contributing its technical experts and experience of strengthening health information system through harmonization and integration disciplines.

Health Information System Strengthening Program: LIN is the partner assigned by the Malawi government to assist hospitals in the northern region for Health Management Information System (HMIS) strengthening and development and works closely with the MoH on eHealth strategy development and relevant tasks since 2009. Follow LIN’s HIS development strategy, LIN partners with Baobab Health Trust (BHT) in the development of the hospital/facility based Electronic Medical Records System (EMRS),  that is being implemented country-wide to more than 85 hospitals with support from the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC). Adding value to the EMRS, LIN also partners with Pingtung Christian Hospital to integrate Computed Radiography (CR) function to the system and has implement it in the Rumphi and Mzuzu Central Hospital in Malawi through supports from the TaiwanICDF. LIN currently supports and maintains the electronic medical records systems for 17 hospitals and health facilities in the northern region and managing more than 70,000 HIV patient data (Q4,2016). Apart from hospital level’s information system strengthening, LIN also work closely with the Ministry of Health of Malawi to strengthen its HMIS through supporting implementation of DHIS2, developing disease surveillance system and provide onsite capacity building activities to the hospital personnel.

Health and Information Education Programs: In order to have sustainability for health information systems (HIS) and other programs development, LIN cooperates with universities and training institutes in Malawi, United Kingdom, Norway, Taiwan and other international institutes to offer integrated education programs for computer science (CS) and health science (HS). LIN supports the Faculty of Health Sciences at the Mzuzu University with lecturers in Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Research Methodology. With the support from the Norwegian Churches Aid, LIN started the iCBP-him (integrated capacity building project for health information management) initiative since 2013 and provides cross-disciplinary training for health care workers and ICT professional by launching health information system courses at Mzuzu University and serving health care workers in the northern region.

Community Empowerment Program: LIN is working with Churches to assist community based organizations (CBOs) and HIV patient supporting groups on economic development projects, HIV prevention campaign and youth development works in Malawi. All projects are implemented to fully empower people to take on responsibilities to activities with professional guidance and technical support. LIN partners with the Bjørgaas Social Welfare Foundation (BSWF) for fundraising and advocacy activities in Taiwan.

Research and Development:LIN is interested in implementation research and utilization of data collected in routine health management information systems (HMIS), to support decision making in health services delivery and public health programs. By collaborating with research institutes globally, including but not limited to Mzuzu University, University of Oslo, Imperial College of London, Lund University, University of Washington, University College Cork and National Taiwan University. LIN supports and cultivates local research capacity through conducting field-driven and field-relevant research studies. We have several research project running in Malawi and current large scale research project is EU funded Supporting LIFE project, which is a study designed to provide low-cost, effective, and targeted interventions in remote and resource-poor settings in order to overcome inadequate healthcare infrastructures in Malawi.

Global Health Capacity Building: LIN serves as a host organization for global health education field placements or internships, receiving more than 20 students or volunteers annually. LIN provides linkages to local hospitals and organizations, and opportunities to participate in program activities or research projects, for medical and public health students. LIN has also hosted volunteers with expertise in computer science, photography, tennis and table tennis, according to the needs of different projects and programs. Since 2010 to date, LIN Malawi office have hosted more than 110 interns and volunteers from Kaohsiung Medical University, Mzuzu University, Nagasaki University, National Taiwan University, National Yang-Ming University, National Sun Yat-sen University, University of Livingstonia, University of Southern California. We believe the only way to achieve the just announced Global Development agenda and Sustainable Development Goals is to cultivate youth involving in this process, therefore we work as a bridging platform to link school knowledge to the actual filed works!