About the Situation
By the Numbers
More than 16 million people live in Malawi
51% of the people in Malawi live below the poverty line
47% of children under the age of 5 are stunted in growth
(Sources: The World Bank and World Food Program)
Malawi, according to the United Nations, is one of the world’s least developed countries and also one of the most populous. Poverty is widespread—more than half of the country lives below the national poverty line, and even more residents live below international benchmarks of $1.25 or $2 a day.
Many people in Malawi cannot rely on a sufficient diet, with half of children eating from only one or two food groups—a meal of maize, for example. Lack of enough calories and nutrients have resulted in a situation in which nearly half of the country’s children are stunted in growth.
Improvements in water and sanitation are also needed. One in six people does not have access to clean drinking water, and nearly half of the population does not have adequate sanitation. Awareness of good hygiene is also low. As a result, waterborne diseases are one of the major causes of death in children.
How Islamic Relief is Helping
Islamic Relief Malawi was established in 2006, following an official presidential request for international humanitarian support. Malawi was one of several African countries supported by Islamic Relief’s Africa Food Crisis campaign.
Here’s a breakdown of some programs Islamic Relief has supported in Malawi: