Malawi’s HIV prevalence is one of the highest globally with 10.3% of the population living with HIV in 2014. This disease has had a devastating impact on children and families. There are an estimated 790,000 orphans due to AIDS and the prevalence of HIV among children (0-14 years) was 10%, with 170,000 living with HIV.
Supporting the needs of orphans and other children made vulnerable by AIDS is a focus of the national HIV/AIDS response. However, a lack of resources prevents the roll-out of adequate support and services for these children.
Poverty and limited educational attainment results in few opportunities for Malawians to improve their lives. Over 40% of the population lives below the poverty line. Only 26% of boys and 16% of girls complete primary school and 15% of boys and 7% of girls will complete all four years of secondary school.