Malawi is a small landlocked country with a stunningly diverse landscape. Often referred to as the 'warm heart of Africa' Malawians are famous for their friendliness and hospitality.
The vast majority of Malawians live in rural areas and farm for a living. Malawi has its own national strategy for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015, but it’s still one of the poorest countries in the world and nearly three quarters of the population live below the poverty line.
Malawi has been one of the hardest hit countries in the world by the HIV pandemic, with around 80,000 new HIV infections in Malawi each year. Women and adolescent girls are especially at risk of being infected with HIV.
We're supporting our local partners in Malawi to:
- Increase access to HIV testing especially for women and children
- combat stigma and discrimination around HIV through drama, poetry and radio programmes
- train counsellors to improve community knowledge of health issues
- Promote and raise awareness about human rights and economic justice by training church and community leaders to document and advise on cases of human rights abuses and violence.