Malawi Children

About Malawi

Poor children and caregivers in Malawi have limited access to services that can improve children’s health and nutrition. Malawi is thought to have nearly 500,000 children who have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS. There is an acute shortage of teachers and physical infrastructure, and many children either do not graduate elementary school or repeat many classes. Causes of drop-out include the inability to purchase materials to attend school, the need for labor at home, and, particularly for girls, early pregnancy and marriage as well as fears about safety and security while at school.

Facts About

More than 17 Million
live there

Girls only stay in school an average of 11 years

67 out of 1000 children die
before their 5th birthday

A parent earns an average of
less than $1 a day

Our Work

In Malawi since 1983, Save the Children works directly or through partners in over a dozen districts. We seek to ensure that children in need are protected, healthy and nourished, educated and live in economically secure households, while helping communities mitigate the impact of HIV and AIDS. Save the Children is also working to make education more accessible and equal. We increase children’s access to basic education, help children stay in school and enhance the quality of education.

Our Work in

Last Year, Save the Children...

protected 35,162
from harm

supported 212,734
in times of crisis

provided 4,837,784 children
with a healthy start in life

helped 47,748 families
feed their children

gave 168,289 children
vital nourishment

Sponsor A Child

Since 1993, Save the Children in Malawi has worked with local communities and organizations to design Sponsorship programs for kids. Targeted to help children from early childhood to early adulthood, our programs work to make a healthy and safe environment where children can learn and grow. Our early childhood programs help prepare toddlers and young children for school by giving them access to quality preschools and early literacy programs, while our programs designed for primary school-aged kids work to transform students into lifelong learners by building strong curriculums and passionate teachers. Our work with adolescents focuses on that challenging transition between childhood and adulthood, helping ensure it’s a positive one by teaching them money, job and relationship skills. We also provide health education and care to children in need through our school health programs to help children stay healthy, well-nourished and in school. Thanks to the generous support from our community of sponsors, these essential programs in Malawi continue to give children a healthy start and the opportunity to learn, protecting them from harm along the way.

Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2014 State of the World’s Mothers report. You can access detailed data here.

Other sources as follows: Population and Life Expectancy: CIA World Factbook 2014; Human Development Rank: United Nations Development Programe 2014; Underweight Children: World Health Organization Report 2014

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