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Malawi savings and loans group

Christian Aid in Malawi

Christian Aid has been working in Malawi for almost 20 years. Our projects have focused mainly on resilience, disaster risk response and health, including maternal and child health and HIV treatment and prevention.

Christian Aid in Malawi supports vulnerable communities to improve health and build resilience by participating in and influencing development.

With our partners, we empower poor and marginalised communities and individuals to find practical and sustainable ways out of poverty and to be actively involved in decisions and opportunities that affect them.

Our programmes include work in a range of areas including climate change, economic justice, inclusive markets, gender and inequality, health, humanitarian, tackling violence, and building peace.

 

Our aims

  1. Address social and cultural norms such as fighting harmful cultural practices affecting girls and women;
  2. Promote good governance including working with community members, community structures, local leaders, and civil society organisations to promote accountable and responsive maternal and child health services in the Balaka and Karonga districts;
  3. Strengthen the health system by reducing maternal mortality rates, and increasing knowledge, awareness and adoption of promoted health behaviour;
  4. Increase productive assets including small scale livestock as a high impact strategy for sustaining community resilience to climate related shocks;
  5. Foster inclusive markets.

 

Going to the hospital with my husband has strengthened my marriage. We freely discuss issues of pregnancy, child birth and also family planning.

Agnes Phiri, on the beneficiary of men improving access to the Maternal and Child Health Programme

In Malawi we work on…

Community health

We aim to strengthen community health systems and their linkages with health service providers.

We are also advocating for equitable health financing through our budget analysis work and supporting government efforts in achieving Universal Health Coverage.

Gender and inequality

Our gender and inequality work addresses barriers that hinder gender equity for sustainable development.

The focus of our approach is on strengthening formal and informal institutions in order to address social norms and harmful traditional practices, while also strengthening enabling factors for meaningful participation of all genders in development.

Climate change and resilience

Climate change and resilience has been at the forefront of our work in Malawi.

Our approach aims to strengthen the ability of communities to adapt, transform and respond to climate change. Meanwhile, our humanitarian work seeks to address recurrent shocks to preserve these capacities.

Inclusive markets

In our inclusive markets and economic justice programmes we aim to complement our other areas of work by strengthening pro-poor market systems and policies through high impact approaches.

Kayira and her husband farming in Malawi

Nellie Kayira and her husband weed her crop of rice. Nellie is part of a village savings and loans group, which has helped her prepare for climate change.

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Our programmes

Reports and resources

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Everything you and your church need to know about the project you’re supporting this Harvest.

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Contact us

Christian Aid Malawi is based in Lilongwe. We also draw on the expertise of colleagues from other Christian Aid teams across Africa and the world, staff at Christian Aid’s UK headquarters, and INGO networks in Malawi and beyond.

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