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April 9, 2015

USAID/Malawi supports institutional strengthening and increased citizen participation in decision-making.  USAID provided significant assistance during Malawi’s May 2014 tripartite election for President, Parliament, and Local Councilors—the first election of its kind in Malawi’s history.  By raising awareness of electoral rights and processes, USAID’s Democracy and Governance office created a better and more informed electorate, ensured fewer irregularities during the election process, and spurred higher voter turnout.  Activities increased citizens’ opportunities for engaging with government officials and therefore cultivated democratic legitimacy and inclusion.

Program Elements

During the 2014 election, USAID increased civic electoral involvement by: 

April 8, 2015

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.

April 8, 2015
Although national HIV prevalence decreased from 12% in 2004 to 10.6% in 2010, Malawi continues to face a severe epidemic. There are an estimated 1,000,000 Malawians living with HIV.  Women are disproportionately affected, and there are approximately 790,000 children orphaned because of AIDS. 
October 29, 2014

Download all of USAID/Malawi's fact sheets in one pdf document.

October 2, 2014
As the lives of Malawians improve through development action, communicating this progress in individual lives is proof of a better world. It is our intention with  this collection  to  inspire  development  colleagues and  Malawian citizenry with hope for the future of the warm heart of Africa.
September 12, 2013

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: November 06, 2015

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