One of Africa’s most densely populated countries, Malawi is also one of the poorest and has a very young population. Inequality is rife and HIV infection rates are high. CARE works to ensure people can earn a decent living and access food, medicines and information about health risks such as HIV. We run programs on agriculture, health, education, and social and economic empowerment, especially for women. We ensure that women and girls have access to life-saving sexual and reproductive health services. We play an active role in supporting Malawi’s emerging civil society – its charities and community organizations. We work to empower women smallholder farmers through more productive and equitable engagement in sustainable agriculture, support girls’ education and promote water, sanitation and hygiene projects.
In 2002, CARE Malawi pioneered an innovative way to involve poor and marginalized community groups in monitoring the quality and availability of services such as health care. The Community Score Cards approach, developed as part of a health services project, was an innovative way to engage local people in ‘scoring’ the services they receive, assessing the obstacles to accessing those services, and developing a shared strategy for improvement.
When Cyclone Idai slammed into Malawi in March 2019, CARE swung into action to provide emergency services to those effected. This recovery work continues today.
CARE has been working in Malawi since 1998.