Malawi – Active Emergency Zone

Malawi, according to the United Nations, is one of the world’s least developed countries and also one of the most populous. Poverty is widespread—half of the country lives below the national poverty line, and nearly two-thirds of the population survives on less than $1.25 a day.

Malawi has been exposed to severe flooding since the beginning of 2015. More than 230,000 people have been displaced as a result. The timing couldn’t be worse, either: As the floods came in during the planting season, farmers not only lost their crops, but their livelihoods for this season. Standard household items were destroyed. People have been left with nothing.

Water has been a long-standing issue in Malawi: One in six people does not have access to clean drinking water, and nearly half of the population does not have adequate sanitation. Awareness of good hygiene is also low. As a result, waterborne diseases are one of the major causes of death in children.

Islamic Relief Malawi was established in 2006, following an official presidential request for international humanitarian support. Malawi was one of several African countries supported by Islamic Relief’s Africa Food Crisis campaign.

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