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Investing in poor children in Malawi provides more value for money, UNICEF report finds

UNICEF Malawi/2017/Hubbard



A new UNICEF analysis has affirmed that investing in the health and survival of the most deprived children and communities provides more value for money, saving almost twice as many lives for every dollar spent as equivalent investments in less deprived groups. The global report highlights Malawi alongside Afghanistan and Bangladesh, as one of the countries with high rates of under-five mortality where focus on the most deprived has made a difference for children.

Beyond money: Empowering social cash transfer beneficiaries

 UNICEF Malawi/2017/Phwitiko


Life is far from easy for half of Malawi’s population. They live below the national poverty line, unable to afford the lowest acceptable standard of living. As many as 3 million or more (22% of the population) are categorized as ultra-poor, with half of them also being labor constrained. This means they are unable to meet their basic needs. They struggle to find food, shelter as well as access to essential services such as education and health. This increases vulnerability particularly among women and children.

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UNICEF Malawi/2014

UNICEF has been operating in Malawi since 1987. The current UNICEF/ Government of Malawi Country Programme of Cooperation aims to support national efforts to progressively realise the rights of children and women through improved child survival, development, protection and participation. 

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