Why It Matters

  • More than 1.59 million children have been orphaned in Malawi as a result of HIV/AIDS, famine, malaria or a number of treatable diseases. It is not uncommon to see coffin shops alongside¬† roads and in the villages.
  • Malawi has the world’s ninth highest HIV infection rate of 11%
  • 45.1% of the population is under the age of 15
  • Malawi has a life expectancy of 51.7 years (the twelfth shortest in the world)
  • Malawi consistently ranks among the most densely populated and least developed nations.
  • Over 20% of Malawi’s population has never had access to safe drinking water.¬† (It is estimated that only 40% of the entire population has consistent access to uncontaminated water).
  • Less than 50% of the urban population and less than 1% of the rural population has access to sanitation.