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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USAID works with the Government of Malawi to maintain an uninterrupted supply of life-saving health commodities in facilities and communities. USAID’s efforts include direct procurement of voluntary medical male circumcision, anti-malaria, and family planning commodities; and secured storage and monthly distribution of anti-malaria and family planning commodities to all of the over 600 public health facilities in Malawi.
Last updated: May 20, 2015