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Malawi

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A surprisingly beautiful place, landlocked Malawi remains one of the poorest countries on earth. In spite of all the harsh challenges, the people of Malawi remain peaceful, friendly and helpful.

 

Malawi’s landlocked position leaves it reliant upon road transportation for imported goods, recent fuel price increases have therefore virtually doubled the cost of living. With a high dependence on agriculture, food shortages become inevitable when the seasonal rains fail.

 

Why are we in Malawi?

(Sources: Malawi Demographic and Health Survey 2010 Preliminary Report + WHO)

 

Why a focus on Rural health?

Only 16% live in urban areas, mainly in the cities of Lilongwe, Blantyre and a handful of smaller towns. The remainder live in rural areas where the population density is one of the highest in Africa (six times that of neighbouring Zambia for example).

Only 57% of the rural population have access to safe water in comparison to 90% of the urban population. Access to sanitation is considerably lower with only 15% to 30% of the rural population having access to a latrine. As a result water-related diseases, including cholera and typhoid, are common; a problem exacerbated by the rapid spread of HIV/AIDS.

I walked 7 km to get here today. Look at this queue – this is going to take me hours. There’s not enough medical staff. The government needs to bring us more doctors, nurses and clinical officers to come and work here.”
Aloysio, 32, patient in Thyolo, Malawi

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