Rural communities face daily health concerns such as malnutrition, HIV/AIDS, malaria, and diarrhea. Health facilities are typically understaffed, lack essential medical supplies, and are distant from the households they serve. CDI established the Anchor Farm Health Centers program in 2013 to provide quality health care access and facilities to staff, their families, and the surrounding underserved populations. The first of three clinics will serve more than 132,000 people in the Kusungu and Mchinji districts in Malawi.
The project aims to improve health care infrastructure and provide training through complete delivery of Malawi's essential health plan. Additionally, CDI will focus on nutrition within communities. The rate of nutritional stunting, or chronic malnutrition, for Malawian children under 5 is 47%—one of the highest rates in the world. Nutritional wellbeing is an important component of good health, in both a preventive and curative sense. CDI is working to emphasize home and community gardens as well as increase knowledge around essential practices for good nutrition, with a particular focus on children and pregnant and lactating women.