Malawi, nicknamed The Warm Heart of Africa, has a largely rural population and its economy is heavily based in agriculture. With Lake Malawi taking up about a third of the country, infection sites are easy to come by. Since 2005, Malawi has developed several programmes that focus on healthcare and education issues, and the country's outlook is improving. Working with the Ministry of Health, we’ve supported programmes there since 2011 and are now targeting all at-risk school-age children.

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key facts

• Population: 17.2 million

• Percentage living in poverty: 51.5%

• Number requiring treatment for intestinal worm infections: 4.4 million*

• Number requiring treatment for schistosomiasis: 7.1 million*

programme information

• Programme start date: 2011

• Treatments delivered in FY17/18: 6,940,702^

• Numbers treated to date: 27,557,025^

• Programme coverage status: Targeting all at-risk school-age children^^




* Data from WHO schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminth database.

^ For every treatment provided against schistosomiasis, treatments are also offered against intestinal worm infections where both diseases are present. Treatment numbers are for schistosomiasis only and dating from 2010 when the current reporting system was established. Numbers from January 2019.

^^ We support the programme in-line with the country’s strategic plan. As such, individuals other than school-age children may be treated.