Malawi remains one of the world’s least developed countries, ranking 170 out of 188 on the Human Development Index. Over 70 per cent of the population live below the income poverty line and approximately 63 per cent of children live in poverty. Child marriage remains high with 46.7 per cent of girls married before the age of 18 and Malawi’s pre-term birth rate is the highest in the world, at 13 per cent. Malawi’s rapidly increasing population is putting pressure on the government to scale up services in social services, including education.
School-age children (ages 5-19) are 39.5% of the total population.
More than 6% of children in Malawi are still not attending primary school.
49% of children aged 3 – 5 are enrolled in Community Based Child Care Centers.
Only 58.5 % of school going children finish the first 4 years of school.
152 out of 1000 women aged 15 – 19 years have a child.
One in four children is involved in child labour.
46% of girls are married before the age of 18, and 9% before the age of 15.
65% of girls and 35 % of boy’s experience abuse child abuse in their lifetime.
Maternal mortality ratio is at 439 deaths per 100,000 women
29 % of adolescents age 15-19 have begun bearing children.
23 % of all child death cases in Malawi are related to under-nutrition.
Stunting (being too short for one’s age) affects 37% of children in Malawi.
Exclusive breastfeeding of infants 0 – 5 months is 61%.
Number of children (0 -14 years) living with HIV 110,000.
641,590 children are on the Social Cash Transfer Programme.
The multi-dimensional child poverty rate is at 60.1%.