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Geburtshaus Brief geographic data:
  • Malawi is a country located in the Southeast of Africa and below the equator. Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique are its neighbouring countries.
  • Its total size is 118.484 km², divided into 3 regions with a total of 24 districts.
  • Malawi has approx. 14.212.000 million inhabitants (estimate of 2010). The average number of inhabitants per km² is 120.
  • Malawi’s capital is Lilongwe.
  • Bantu languages are widely used. Official languages are the Bantu language Chichewa and English.
  • One fifth of Malawi’s land area consists of water expanse. The country’s largest water is the Malawi Lake (also known as Lake Nyasa) with a surface area of 29 000 km².

Facts which are important for our project and a reason to initiate this project:

  • On average, a Malawian woman gives birth to 6.3 children in her life.
  • Only 38% of the women have access to modern contraceptives.*
  • Infant mortality: 80 per 1000 births (WHO)
  • Mortality of children under the age of five: 110 of 1000*
  • Maternal mortality: 1100 of 100.000 women die during childbirth.
  • There is medical care during only 54% of the births.*
  • Approx. 60% of the HIV-positive people in Malawi are women.
  • Spread of HIV: Approx. 12% of the population are HIV-infected.
  • ife expectancy of women: 55 years*
  • 46% of the population is younger than 15 years (WHO).
  • Most inhabitants live from less than one US dollar per day (as of: 2005).
*Source: State of the World’s Mothers 2011