Our Work with our Partners For three years, Americares worked with wildlife conservation organization, African Parks, to strengthen the capacity of local health centers and provide quality health care to communities living in and around Malawi’s protected areas. Officially launched in 2019, the partnership focused on improving health infrastructure and services at four local health centers that serve a catchment area of around 1.3 million people. These four health centers are located near two of Malawi’s most important conservation areas – Liwonde National Park and the Majete Game Reserve– both of which are managed by African Parks on behalf of the Malawian Government. African Parks supports conservation and community development activities that protect fragile ecosystems and reduce community involvement in poaching. Americares implemented activities that improved health service quality and access through the thriving local health center model that invests in local health centers and responds to relevant health concerns. As the programs adapted to address the shocks to the health system due to COVID-19, the cross-sector partnership enabled us to extend our reach to the most vulnerable populations and enabled both organizations to have greater impact in the health of the community and ecosystem at large. Photo: A student in a Youth Sanitation Club at Tetera School, in Chapananga, Malawi refills the handwashing station on their school grounds from a borehole nearby.(Photo/Thoko Chikondi).