USAID Malawi Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Fact Sheet


Clean water is vital for a healthy population.  In Malawi, 80% of the population has access to an improved source of drinking water, but that leaves about four million people who still lack access to safe water. Moreover, only six percent of the population has access to an improved sanitation facility. Poor sanitation practices and improper storage of drinking water commonly lead to waterborne illnesses like cholera.  According to the 2010 Demographic Health Survey, 78% of children under two years old experienced at least one incident of diarrhea. 
USAID partners with the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Irrigation, Agriculture and Food Security to strengthen the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector.  USAID is committed to working with the Government of Malawi, other development partners, and civil society to increase the availability of quality WASH services in households, communities, schools and health facilities.
Malawi - Water - WASH - Santation - Hygiene
Water is life!
Amos Gumulira, Feed the Children


  • Distributed 3,405,892 WaterGuard sachets to 56,076 individuals in 14,019 households that did not previously have access to safe and clean water;
  • Repaired 9 boreholes and installed 19 shallow wells in communities through the Tiwalere project; 
  • Trained a total of 4,749 beneficiaries on improved hygiene and sanitation practices;
  • Worked with Peace Corps volunteers to dig and line 4 of 9 proposed wells and reinforce of 21 of 63 pit latrines, with assistance from the community of Traditional Authority Mwadzama in Nkhata Bay District;
  • Printed 1,000 AVI poster boards with the new image of commercially available WaterGuard to increase awareness of the product; and
  • Supplied chlorine to 50 chlorine dispensers via the Dispensers for Safe Water Project.  Through this project, over four million liters of water have been treated at point of collection.

Key Message 

Clean water and access to adequate sanitation is essential for improved health outcomes.

Funding (FY 2012)

  • $3 million


  • Abt Associates
  • Johns Hopkins University Feed the Children
  • Catholic Relief Services
  • Development Alternatives, Inc.
  • Total Land Care

Geographic Location

Karonga, Chitipa, Kasungu, Nkhotakhota, Salima, Lilongwe, Mangochi, Balaka, Dowa, Zomba, Machinga, Phalombe, Mulanje, Chikwawa, and Nsanje districts.

USAID Contact

Peter Halpert, Health Office Chief


Last updated: April 13, 2015

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