Malawi may soon be known around the world as one of the first countries in Africa to achieve control of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. But currently, youth between the ages of 9-19 remain vulnerable to HIV infection, other sexually transmitted diseases, and teen pregnancy. Younger children in Malawi, those under the age of five, face the risks of malnutrition, diarrheal diseases, and malaria. Being healthy and disease-free is an important component of a stable and productive life. We invite you to address these critical health issues in Malawi by serving as a Youth Health Advisor.
As a Youth Health Advisor, you will work in a rural health center on a variety of health activities that support children and youth. You will engage youth on HIV prevention and sexual and reproductive health programs that are creative, fun, and provide a safe space for youth to discuss ways to keep themselves healthy. Your compassionate approach will help youth to gain the confidence to seek HIV tests and access other services that are beneficial to their health. And, you will also work with people who are HIV+, especially youth, on health strategies through support groups and teen clubs.
Many youth in Malawi may feel intimidated to access important services at their health center. So you will work with the health center staff to analyze and improve services, customer service, and confidentiality to make the health center welcoming and supportive to youth.
In your work as a Youth Health Advisor, you will also work directly with pregnant women as well as mother and fathers of young children to promote essential practices that can keep their children protected from various health threats. You will conduct home visits to help implement and monitor these health measures.
Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world, and health centers have minimal resources at their disposal, meaning that your work as a Youth Health Advisor will not come without unique challenges. Your colleagues at the health center will be busy every day with a high volume of patients, so you may dedicate some of your time to supporting them in their daily work of registering patients, weighing babies, and assisting the ARV clinic.
It is a challenging environment, but with a tremendous opportunity to engage youth over a sustained period of time and to watch them grow. The training you receive from Peace Corps combined with your expertise, experiences, and the relationships you build in your community will aid you in being flexible and creative when approaching your work as a Youth Health Advisor. Be prepared to commit yourself to two years of challenging yet highly rewarding work, and take part in the important effort of supporting the health of youth in Malawi.
Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training
Prohibits paid work outside of the sponsoring agency at any time
Subject to criminal background check