Floods and droughts have affected a population of 15 million, with a malnutrition rate estimated at 53%. In addition, another serious problem is the AIDS epidemic, since an estimated 1,000,000 people have the HIV virus.
Malawi has suffered from regular droughts, the most recent and severe in 2006 that left more than five million Malawians fighting hunger.
Islamic Relief in Malawi
Islamic Relief was established in Malawi in 2006 in response to the drought and an official appeal by the Prime Minister to humanitarian aid organizations.
Continuing with initial aid projects in the country, Islamic Relief today continues to manage numerous development programs such as the improvement of water, sanitation and irrigation facilities. We also work in partnership with local communities to improve their capacities and livelihoods to cope with droughts.
A potable water project has been implemented in the southern districts of Chikwawa and Nsanje, where water is scarcer and more than 60% of the population does not have access to it. Food is also distributed in these districts, depending on their needs, especially in Ramadan when a different food distribution is managed.