A Brief Note On The Country Of Malawi

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As one of the poorest countries in the world, Malawi is one of the most population dense countries in Sub – Saharan Africa. It has been classified as one of the world’s least developed countries. Malawi is a largely agricultural country with approximately 90% of the population living within rural areas. Agriculture accounts for approximately 35% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Its GDP, as of 2013, was 3.7 billion USD. Malawi has a population of over 16 million residents, with more than half of its population falling below the poverty line.
Heath care services in Malawi are provided through two main sources: the federal and local government and the Christian Health Association of Malawi (CHAM). “CHAM provides 37% percent of total healthcare in Malawi, including 85% percent of the care in rural areas”. CHAM essentially functions as the umbrella healthcare organization for over 160 health facilities, ranging from outpatient centers to 200 bed hospitals. This is inclusive of health posts, community/rural hospitals, health centers, as well as general hospitals.
Malawi has significantly limited resources to fully address the various factors that plague its population. “Malawi is characterized by a heavy burden of disease evidenced by high levels of child and adulthood mortality rates and high prevalence of diseases such as tuberculosis, malaria, HIV/AIDS and other tropical diseases” (WHO, 2014). Residents of Malawi face a HIV/AIDS epidemic and remarkably high rates of…
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