We are working with Malawi’s Ministry of Health as they improve access to health services for 15 million people living in rural areas.

Country Snapshot

Malawi is a densely populated, land-locked country in Southern Africa. While Malawi has made significant gains in health outcomes, the country continues to face high maternal mortality, child mortality, and HIV rates. Compounding its effort to address these challenges is the country’s severe health workforce shortage, which has limited the country’s ability to deliver care to its growing rural population.

Malawi Map

Rural Population


Child Mortality

50 per 1,000 live births

Maternal Mortality

349 per 100,000 live births

Basic Vaccine Coverage


HIV Prevalence


Health Worker Coverage

0.016 doctors per 1,000 people

Source: The World Bank Group, World Bank Open Data,

Our Work

One-tenth of Malawi’s rural population is situated more than eight kilometers from the nearest health facility. As the Government of Malawi implements a bold new National Community Health Strategy, we’re supporting them to ensure the program delivers essential primary health services to every person – no matter where they live. 

By 2023, the government’s National Community Health Strategy aims to deploy 16,000 community and frontline health workers to serve the approximately 15 million people living in rural and remote communities across Malawi. 

As the program approaches full scale, we are supporting the Ministry of Health to:

Mobilize increased financing for the community health system

Strengthen supervision support to community and frontline health workers

Implement community-based data collection and reporting


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