The Youth Policy Institute has implemented or 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 that has a population of about 17 million. One of the least developed countries in Africa, it faces serious challenges. Child and maternal mortality rates are among the highest in Africa. Over 13% 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 0.02 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 is supporting the implementation of high-quality programming, such as a research-based malaria eradication program in the North Blantyre region. Among its activities, YPI is developing a youth advocacy initiative, assisting the work of a new university dedicated to improving health care and teacher preparation, supporting a model elementary school, and improving access to appropriate transportation for orphans.