Malawi

Children in Country: 
2115
Programs in Country: 
14
Malawi is known as the Warm Heart of Africa, so named for the relational warmth of the people. However, the HIV/AIDS crisis has caused excess mortality among a single parental generation, along with lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality, higher death rates, lower growth rates, and radical changes in population distribution, giving birth to a new nickname: The Orphan Nation. For children, life in Malawi is very challenging. Diseases that have taken the lives of parents and caregivers have also harmed Malawi’s child population, leaving an estimated one million orphans in the country. Many heads of households are widows, who are often the sole providers for a dozen or more children. These obstacles, combined with environmental challenges, contribute to poor crop yields and widespread malnutrition throughout the country.
Statistics: 

Population: 17,377,468 (2014 est.)

Life Expectancy: 60 years

Under Age 5 Mortality Rate: 71 deaths per 1,000 live births

People Living with HIV/AIDS: 1.1 million

Orphaned Children: 1.3 million

Secondary School Attendance: Boys—10%, Girls—10%

Population Living on Less Than $1.25 Per Day: 62%

Sources: UNICEF, The World Factbook (2014)