The Youth Policy Institute is implementing and is planning to initiate a wide range of programs serving vulnerable children and families in various regions of Malawi. Malawi is a small landlocked nation located in south central Africa with a population, in 2020, of over 19 million. One of the least developed countries in Africa, it faces serious challenges. Maternal mortality rates are among the highest globally, currently estimated at 439 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births. Approximately 9% of children under 5 are underweight. Children and adults are grappling with HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases, as well as limited access to medical services (with only 0.036 physicians/1,000 people).
Consistent with its mission in the United States, YPI’s focus in Malawi is on improving services for vulnerable children and their families. It has supported the implementation of high-quality programming, such as a research-based malaria eradication program in the North Blantyre region. Among its activities, it is assisting the work of a new university dedicated to improving health care and teacher preparation, supporting a model elementary and secondary school, collaborating with the University of Malawi to increase the number of health and education programs that are independently evaluated, and working to increase access of all Malawians to a wide range of validated health and education indicators.