Malawi is located between the countries of Zambia, Mozambique and Zimbabwe in Southern Africa. A country slightly smaller in size than Pennsylvania, Malawi has a population is just over 16 million people, comparable to the 12.7 million in Pennsylvania. According to the CIA World Factbook, Malawi has only 1.1 hospital beds and only 0.019 physicians per 1,000 people (statistics are from 2007 and 2008, respectively) . The United States for example has approximately 3.1 hospital beds and 2.672 physicians per 1,000 people (statistics are from 2008 and 2004, respectively). Working with partners, we are developing a phase II to the Malawi clinic which enhances the medical care available to the community.
Location: southwestern Africa, east of Zambia
Boundaries: Mozambique - 1,569 km, Tanzania - 475 km, and Zambia - 837 km
Population: Just over 16 million
Life Expectancy: 52 years old
Ethnic Groups: Chewa, Nyanja, Tumbuka, Yao, Lomwe, Sena, Tonga, Ngoni, Ngonde, Asian, and European
Religion: Christian - 79.9%, Muslim - 12.8%, Other - 3%, and None - 4.3%
History: Established in 1891, became the independent nation of Malawi in 1964