Malawi

Total Population (2014): 16.3 million
Gross National Income Per capita (PPP International $, 2012): $730
Total Expenditure on health per capita (Intl $, 2012): $83

Sources:

www.prb.org/publications (Population Reference Bureau)
http://apps.who.int/gho/data/node.country (World Health Organisation)

The Republic of Malawi, formerly the British protectorate of Nyasaland, sits in southern Africa, bordered by Mozambique, Tanzania, and Zambia. Lilongwe, the capital, is a major hub and home to an estimated 950,000 people. English and Chichewa are the official languages and the country contains over ten ethnic groups. Malawi has a growing population and high fertility rate. Over 45% of the total population is under 15 years of age.

Implementing Partner In-Country: The Diabetes Association of Malawi, Rev Timothy Ntambalika and colleagues at the Queen Elizabeth, Kamuzu, and Mzuzu Central Hospitals.

LIFE FOR A CHILD SUPPORT

Commenced: 2014

In October 2013, Life for a Child received an introduction to the Diabetes Association of Malawi from IDF President, Sir Michael Hirst. Discussions identified 126 youth, all under16, currently receiving care via three key children’s diabetes clinics in the country, and an MOU was signed in April 2014. In May, LFAC supplied diabetes educational materials, including:

  • Pocketbook for Management of Diabetes in Childhood and Adolescence in Under-Resourced Countries
  • Professor Bumblebee DVDs (English)
  • Changing Diabetes in Children (CDIC) Guidelines
  • Caring for diabetes in children and adolescents: a parent’s manual (2nd Ed)
  • Type 1 diabetes in children, adolescents and young adults (3rd Ed)
  • “Moseka” comics (English)

LFAC is currently facilitating shipments of self-blood glucose monitoring equipment (meters, strips, lancets) and insulin – these are expected to be received in July 2014.