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Malawi flagCountry Profile

Capital: Lilongwe

Language: English , Chichewa

Population: 17 million

Plan International has worked in Malawi since 1994, helping children living in poverty access their rights to health, education and food security. Malawi ranks among the world’s 10 least developed countries and faces several challenges including food insecurity, the AIDS pandemic and rising poverty.

Our programs directly benefit around 29,000 children in 95 communities within our impact areas and have positive effects on thousands more children, especially where our activities have been scaled up.

Young boy eating porridge.
Team of youth shooting video.
Hospital staff outside of clinic

Plan International's core areas of activity include:

Economic security
Economic security
Child protection
Child protection

3 reasons why your support is so important:

  • Over 770,000 children are orphaned due to HIV/AIDS, putting them at risk of violence, exploitation, trafficking and discrimination.
  • Many children die from diarrhea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation.
  • Thousands of women die in pregnancy and childbirth due to poor maternal healthcare.

How your support is helping Malawi:

  • Ensuring all children and their communities have access to adequate health care
  • Increasing services and support towards adolescent health, reproductive health and maternal and newborn health.
  • Improving safe water supply and promoting sanitation and hygiene practices in communities and schools.
  • Protecting children against all forms of violence, including neglect, discrimination and exploitation.
  • Improving access to quality education, especially for vulnerable and excluded groups of children, with a focus on promoting girls’ education.

Country Comparison

People living in poverty 51% 9%
Mortality of children under 5 68 deaths /1000 births 5 deaths /1000 births
Life expectancy 55 years 81 years

(World Bank, CIA World Factbook, World Health Organization)

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