Nearly one million OVC have lost one or both parents to AIDS. According to UNICEF, one-fifth of Malawian households are looking after OVC, and many of these households are headed by girls, women and elderly women. The majority of families caring for OVC in Malawi lack the means to provide basic necessities. OVC very often lack parental care and proper nutrition, have inadequate shelter and limited access to education and healthcare, and are at an increased risk of exploitation and abuse.
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Tuberculosis (TB) is a major public health problem in Malawi. In 2013, 20,335 new and relapse cases and 1,400 deaths were reported in Malawi. The World Health Organization estimates that only 78% of TB cases are diagnosed in Malawi.
Last updated: April 23, 2015