Companions: Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malawi
Areas of impact: Chidyamanga, Chikwawa, Dedza, Mangochi
Population: 18 million
Interesting fact: Lake Malawi is home to more species of fish than any other lake in the world.
Did you know? The percentage of poverty in Malawi was 50.7 percent in 2011. This is down from 52.4 percent in 2004.
Our neighbors in Malawi face some of the highest rates of HIV, malaria and other preventable diseases. Rural families and children under the age of 5 are especially vulnerable. The health care needs of our neighbors in one of the world's least-developed countries are great.
- Malaria is one of the leading causes of illness and death in Malawi, with more than 4 million cases reported in 2015.
- HIV and AIDS affects 9.2 percent of those ages 15-49.
- The maternal mortality rate in Malawi is 675 per 100,000 live births, nearly three times the worldwide average.
- The World Food Programme estimates that between 2008 and 2012 malnutrition accounted for 23 percent of all child deaths.
Complicating the health issues is the distance to adequate health care facilities. Some rural communities are hours or days away, often with a bicycle ambulance as the only transportation available.
That's why the church is increasing its health and wellness outreach in Malawi, so our neighbors are more easily connected to life-giving care when they need it most.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malawi (ELCM), with support from ELCA World Hunger, is working to treat and prevent the spread of disease in the Chidyamanga village and the Chikwawa, Dedza and Mangochi districts of Malawi.
Response + Impact
Through its network of health care providers and programs, the church in Malawi is bringing care to those who need it the most and equipping people with knowledge to stop the spread of preventable diseases.
Your gifts give rural neighbors improved access to health care through the ELCM’s mobile clinic, which sends four-wheel-drive vehicles stocked with test kits, supplies and medicines to rural areas throughout the country. Special programs focus on improving access to health services for vulnerable populations while equipping people with health education and income generating projects to cover the costs of health care and other basic needs.
Your gifts will also help train local health care professionals and provide much-needed medical supplies to ensure that these programs continue to save lives.
Make a gift today and walk alongside our companions in Malawi as they journey toward long-term health and wellness.
Your gifts will support these life-saving, life-changing programs of ELCA World Hunger in 2018. If funds raised for a specific program exceed the goal, the funds will be used to address a similar need in that country or region.