Floods and droughts have affected the population of almost 19 million, with an estimated 26% of the population malnourished. Additionally, the AIDS epidemic is leaving a trail of destruction with an estimated 1.1 million people living with HIV.
Although Malawi has suffered from regular droughts the one in 2006 was severe and left over five million Malawians facing starvation.
Islamic Relief Malawi was established in 2006, in response to the drought and following an official presidential request for international humanitarian support.
Following the initial emergency relief efforts, Islamic Relief is continuing with numerous developmental projects such as improving water, sanitation and irrigation facilities. We are also working in partnership with local communities to improve livelihoods, enabling local communities to support themselves and increase their ability to cope with droughts.
A clean drinking water project has been implemented in the southern districts of Chikwawa and Nsanje, where water is more scarce and more than 60% of the people do not have reasonable access to water. Regular food distributions are also carried out in these districts, particularly during Ramadan where special food distributions are also carried out.