Malawi has one of the highest maternal mortality ratios globally, currently estimated at 574 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births. Adolescent pregnancies comprise 25% of all births and 20% of maternal deaths. Neonatal mortality, often caused by birth asphyxia, premature birth, and infection, is estimated at 29 per 1,000 live births. Causes of under-five mortality include malaria, diarrhea, and pneumonia.
Malutrition is a serious health and development challenge in Malawi. While stunting and underweight rates decreased from 2004 to 2010 (from 53% to 47% and 17% to 14%, respectively), they remain high. This is in part a result of prolonged food shortages that affect both quantity and quality of nourishment.
The Integrating Nutrition in Value Chains (INVC) project is designed to implement USAID’s Feed the Future (FTF) and Global Health Initiative (GHI) strategies with the aim to sustainably reduce rural poverty and improve nutritional outcomes. INVC, which is USAID/Malawi’s flagship FTF project, runs from April 2012-April 2015.
With approximately $180 million in investment between 2006 and 2014, the U.S. Government’s Presidential Malaria Initiative (PMI) has contributed to substantial scaling-up of malaria prevention and control interventions in Malawi. Nearly half of PMI’s funding in Malawi supports commodities to prevent and treat malaria, and PMI partners with the MoH to ensure that the most recent evidence is translated into policy and program implementation.
Last updated: April 16, 2016