For every child survive and thrive

UNICEF Malawi - Pillar 1 brief

A newborn at Chikwawa district hospital
UNICEF Malawi/2022/HD Plus


Malawi is one of the world’s poorest countries, ranked 172 out of 189 countries listed on the Human Development Index in 2019.1 Some 71 per cent of the population live on less than US$1.90 per day, 2 and most people in rural communities are subsistence farmers. An estimated 61 per cent of children aged 0–17 years are now considered multi-dimensionally poor (deprived of two or more essential services) compared to 63 per cent in 2012-13.3

UNICEF works to deliver a lifecycle approach, providing quality services for children across three pillars including:

  1. Early Childhood, for children aged 0–5, with a focus on the first 1,000 days.
  2. School-aged Children, for children aged 6–18, with a focus on young adolescents, aged 10–14.
  3. Child-friendly, Inclusive, Resilient Communities that help realize the Early Childhood and School-aged Children goals, encompassing the full lifecycle of childhood.
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