Our Story
REACH Trust former Office at CHSU
REACH Trust is a Malawian multi-disciplinary research NGO registered as a Trust in 2005 under the Trustees Incorporation Act. REACH was born out of long established research collaboration since 1999 between the Malawian National TB Control Programme, the Department of Sociology at the University of Malawi and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK.

This collaboration was funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) as the ‘TB Equity Project’ and later as the TB Knowledge programme with a focus on conducting research to promote equity in TB care. Since 2005, the focus of the Trust has grown to embrace a focus on HIV, TB, malaria, child and maternal health, as well as non communicable diseases focusing on vulnerable populations.

REACH Trust’s research aims to make health services and practice in Malawi more equitable and accessible for the poor and vulnerable. This includes exploring ways to strengthen the national health system within the context of limited human and financial resources.

We comprise a multi-disciplinary team with experience in a number of different aspects of equity, health systems strengthening, clinical sciences, sociology, epidemiology, health economics with a focus on value for money and costing, health communication and data management. As an independent Trust, we have worked to also develop our institutional base with investments in management and financial structures for coordinating multiple grants and research work. We use mixed methods research approaches including qualitative, quantitative, randomized controlled trials and participatory research methods.

We currently have 28 staff at the REACH Trust and we are currently based in Area 6, in Lilongwe City. The Trust has a Board of Trustees and solid administrative and financial mechanisms to guarantee transparency and accountability. It has secured and effectively managed multi-donor grants from international and local organisations including Department for International Development (DfID), European Union (EU), Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD through LHL International, World Health Organisation, OXFAM, UNICEF, Trocaire, National AIDs Commission, government of Malawi amongst others.