Life expectancy: 51.7 years (50.93 for males, 52.48 for females)
Infant mortality: 81.04 deaths for every 1,000 live births
Maternal mortality: 1,100 per 100,000 live births*
HIIV/AIDs prevalence in adults: 11%
Adult literacy rate: 73%
Access to improved drinking water: 80%
Access to sanitation facilities: 56%
GDP per capita: $800
(Source: CIA World Factbook, UNICEF,*UNFPA)
CARE in Malawi
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Malawi is one of the most densely populated countries in Africa with a population of over 13.9 million people, 82 percent of which are living in rural areas. People living in poor rural communities in Malawi suffer from serious food shortages due to insufficient access, inadequate availability and poor utilisation of food.
Meeting basic needs is a challenge for the majority of Malawians with nearly 62 per cent of the population living below the poverty line and life expectancy at less than 40 years of age. Alarmingly, 49 per cent of children under five suffer from stunting, indicating the entrenched nature of chronic food shortages.
CARE began working in Malawi in 1998 to increase opportunities for poor families to earn an income and ensure that communities
have a reliable supply of food.
Our work in Malawi includes:
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- food security
- social and economic empowerment for women
- rural infrastructure and emergency relief.
Health is a particularly important issue in Malawi where HIV is wide-spread. We are working with children and adolescents affected by HIV by raising awareness about the disease, introducing prevention methods, improving health care, increasing income opportunities for adolescents who have lost their parents to AIDS and supporting local youth organisations.
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Help her live
The effects of poverty only worsen the impact of the HIV epidemic in Malawi. Without enough food or adequate healthcare, people are particularly vulnerable to infection and resulting hardship.
A CARE project seeks to reduce the poverty caused by HIV and AIDS, by helping people impacted by the virus to earn a living. One of the project’s major successes has been the establishment of village savings and loans groups. In savings and loans groups community members pool their money to gain access to larger finances which they invest in new community resources or offer as loans to be paid back with interest. Many group members use the funds to kick-start their own small businesses such as butcheries, second hand clothing stalls or grocery shops.
The impacts of the savings and loans groups are particularly important in empowering women, granting them an income and a voice in their communities, sometimes for the first time.Through this project, the economic condition of people who have been affected by HIV and AIDS is being improved, helping them to better face the challenges and hardships of their everyday lives.
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|‘Apart from starting income generating activities through belonging to a Village Savings and Loans group, we women are now able to contribute in household key decision making such as what crop to grow and what household items to prioritise and buy.’
A member of a CARE Village Savings and Loans group in Malawi who is now able to earn money through soybean crops and pig raising while participating in and helping her community.