Malawi Humanitarian Emergency

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UNFPA/Henry Chimbali

Malawi is among the poorest countries in the world and is vulnerable to weather-related disasters, including droughts, floods and cyclones. High dependence on agriculture exacerbates the risks associated with climate shocks, which contribute to failing harvests. As women and girls are forced to travel longer distances to collect food and water, food insecurity and poor access to water have increased the risk of gender-based violence (GBV). Additionally, Malawi continues to experience high rates of HIV infection and adolescent pregnancy, as a result of inadequate access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services and information. This is largely due to weaknesses in the country's health system. Poor access to maternal healthcare, meanwhile, places mothers at risk of complications during childbirth, which can cause long-lasting health problems, including fistula, or even death. UNFPA provides SRH services to affected people and supports GBV prevention and response mechanisms in Malawi.

Country Population: 17.2 mil

Humanitarian needs

1.50 million
Last updated on - 14 July 2020
UNFPA/Jayne Chisenga

Humanitarian funding

Resources in $

Key results2019

  • People Reached
    Total women reached with all types of SRH services
    People reached with Dignity Kits
    Total people reached with Adolescent SRH
    Total people reached with all types of GBV services
    Affected population reached with Family Planning services
  • Services delivered
    Number of mobile clinics
    Functional health facilities supported by UNFPA that provide Emergency Obstetric Care (EmOC)
    Number of safe spaces
    Health facilities that incorporate one-stop centers for GBV survivors, supported by UNFPA
  • Capacity strengthening
    Youth facilitators and volunteers trained on sexual and reproductive health
    Personnel trained on Minimum Initial Package (MISP)
    Personnel trained on clinical management of rape
    Has established a functional system for safe and ethical gender-based incident data management

Emergencies related listing

  • Results data are reported and updated as they become available.
  • - Targets and UNFPA's populations of concern, including women of reproductive age and pregnant women, are estimated using the MISP calculator.
  • - Funding estimates are based on country planning processes, including inter-agency humanitarian response plans and regional refugee and resilience plans.

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