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Our Work in Country

In Malawi, one of the world’s poorest countries, access to health care is very limited and mortality rates for mothers and children are staggeringly high.

Our local partner, Malamulo Seventh Day Adventist Hospital regularly receives medical aid to support routine health services and to help patients with tuberculosis, malaria, and many other serious health conditions.

Most recently Americares partnership with African Parks seeks to help targeted community health centers thrive and better serve their communities with quality health care.

Working in Malawi since 2003.

health center to be rebuilt

Partners for Health

Americares is working with wildlife conservation organization African Parks to strengthen the capacity of local health centers providing care to people living in and around Africa’s protected areas.

The new partnership has launched in Malawi, where Americares and African Parks will improve access to health care at four health centers serving nearly 100,000 people near two of Malawi’s most important conservation areas—Liwonde National Park and the Majete Wildlife Reserve—both of which are managed by African Parks on behalf of the Malawian Government.

The importance of this work is underscored by the threat posed to Malawi’s fragile health care system by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Health Snapshot in a Pandemic

As COVID-19 threatens Africa, African countries, including Malawi, face numerous challenges to fight this global pandemic. Most health facilities in Malawi including district and central hospitals have acute shortages of COVID 19 related Personal Protective Equipment for health care workers. In addition, Malawi has only 13 hospital beds per 10,000 people, a fraction of what might be needed should the few dozen current cases begin to spread rapidly.

While the Malawi government has made significant strides in fighting the pandemic, Americares Malawi team is working with them to help strengthen health facilities and protect health workers. Americares is supporting the four targeted health facilities in Majete and Liwonde Parks with repairs to the facilities and critical supplies. The team has procured and supplied PPE to the health workers in the clinics and more improvements are planned for the health centers. In addition, the Malawi team has supplied hand-washing stations to 11 community markets. Education programs about the pandemic are planned for the communities surrounding the four facilities.