Facts & Social Dynamics
- Malawi is a landlocked country in southeast Africa, bordered by Tanzania,
Zambia and Mozambique. With a population of 14 million, Malawi
is about the size of Pennsylvania.
- Malawi is one of the most stable, conflict free countries in Africa.
Malawi has not experienced any civil strife since gaining its independence
in 1964 and the transition to a democratic government in 1994 was a
- Malawi is facing significant social challenges arising from extreme
poverty, lack of educational opportunities, and diseases such as HIV/AIDS
- Women’s inequality has always been a social concern throughout Africa. Given
the increased number of widows resulting from HIV/AIDS, the need to
address this problem is imperative. Women need to be empowered
and encouraged to participate in economic activities to provide for
their immediate and extended families.
- There are approximately 1,000,000 people living with HIV/AIDS and
1.2 million known orphans.
- Two-thirds of the children graduating from
primary school are not able to continue their education due to lack
of space in secondary schools.
World Fact Book, UNAIDS, 2004 Report on
the Global AIDS Epidemic