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With an estimated population of 16.3 million people, Malawi is a land-locked country in southern Africa. Malawi faces several social problems including poverty, where 53 percent of the population lives under the poverty line, and a high HIV/AIDS infection rate. Malawi is also prone to repeated inundation by floods from continuous and heavy rainfalls, which makes the most vulnerable of the population – those living in rural areas and whose livelihoods are based off of sustenance farming – all the more susceptible to extreme hunger.
Our Work in Malawi
The Hunger Project has been working in Malawi since 1999 and is currently reaching over 110,000 partners in Malawi in eight Epicentre communities that include about 190 villages. Through our integrated approach to rural development, the Epicentre Strategy, The Hunger Project is working with people on the ground to successfully access the basic services needed to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and lead lives of self-reliance.
Increasing Food Security
Malawi is a country that is prone to natural disasters, suffering from both extreme drought to heavy rainfalls. As a result, the food supply situation in Malawi remains precarious.
To this end, The Hunger Project-Malawi empowers and supports farmers with training and materials to increase and diversify their food production. In these disaster prone areas, a key element of the Epicentre Strategy is the community food banks. The Hunger Project-Malawi has also inaugurated a system of land irrigation to increase and diversity food production.
Improving Health and Hygiene
Epicentre health centres provide primary health care and immunisations, and teach men and women how to improve their health and hygiene. In Malawi, where there is a high prevalence of HIV/AIDS and malaria, The Hunger Project-Malawi conducts training of traditional birth attendants, mobilises animators to provide bed-nets and implements HIV/AIDS voluntary counselling and testing programmes in epicentre communities. More than 215,000 people have participated in our HIV/Aids Inequality Workshop.
Through its Microfinance Programme in the first half of 2012, The Hunger Project disbursed loans totaling £68,092. Partners in Malawi deposited £19,510 in savings during the year. Of the seven Epicentres that are operating in Malawi, one has a government-recognised Rural bank.
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