Life Expectancy at Birth
Under-five mortality rate
71 of every 1,000 children will die before the age of five.
% of children moderately to severely malnourished.
% of people in rural communities who use improved drinking water sources
% of people in rural communities who use improved sanitation facilities
GNI (Gross National Index) per capita (US$)
% of population who earn less than $1.25/day
Youth literacy rates
CPAR has been working in Malawi since 1990. Situated in southeastern Africa, Malawi is a landlocked country of about 118,480 sq. km, surrounded by Tanzania, Mozambique and Zambia.
The people of Malawi belong to various Central Bantu groups with many Bantu languages and dialects spoken. Chichewa, in the Bantu language family, is spoken by more than half of the population and is one of two official languages of Malawi, along with English.
Malawi is among the smallest countries in Africa, with Lake Malawi taking up about a third of the area. Most of Malawi’s land surface is comprised of plateaus. The country’s rainy season runs from November to April.
A largely agricultural country with a rapidly increasing population, the clearing of forest for agriculture coupled with the demand for firewood has seriously depleted Malawi’s forests. Out of Malawi’s population of 16 million, 1.7 million people don’t have access to safe water, and nearly 10 million don’t maintain adequate sanitation practices. These two problems are responsible for the deaths of more than 1,700 children who perish every year due to preventable diarrheal diseases. Malawi is also plagued by other challenges, including decades of underdevelopment, governmental corruption and HIV/AIDS, which claims the lives of tens of thousands every year.
CPAR’s work in Malawi started in response to a government invitation to improve the health of community members in the Traditional Authority of Chitukula.
Today, CPAR Malawi has established itself as a leader in the areas of water, sanitation and hygiene, Primary Health Care, projects related to HIV and AIDS, and food security.
In all of its programs, CPAR works in close partnership with beneficiary communities and local government representatives. CPAR’s head office is in the capital of Lilongwe, and all of the staff are Malawi nationals.