Over the last several decades, Malawi has made significant progress toward improving child health.  As one of three countries in sub-Saharan African to achieve Millennium Development Goal 4, Malawi has reduced under 5 mortality from 112 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2010 (MDHS 2010) to 64 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2015 (MDHS 2015-16). 

Despite this achievement, far too many children continue to die from preventable and treatable conditions. Malawi is estimated to have the highest rate of preterm births in the world and maternal health remains an ongoing challenge due largely to a lack of quality obstetric care, particularly in hard-to-reach areas. 

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Faced with health systems challenges in supply chain management, workforce capacity, inadequate financial resources, and limited access to health services, Save the Children works as a key partner within Malawi’s health sector in support of national health goals that address the health and survival needs of women of reproductive age and children under the age of five living in vulnerable rural and peri-urban communities.

Currently operating at the national level as well as in 20 of 28 districts, SCI Malawi has extensive experience in designing, implementing and evaluating programs within maternal and newborn health (MNH), child healthadolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH), andnutrition.  

Specific innovations and evidence-based interventions supported by Save the Children include: Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC), Helping Babies Breathe (HBB), Community Based Maternal and Newborn Care (CBMNC), integrated community case management (iCCM), community systems strengthening, Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN), Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM), as well as other areas of work designed to strengthen the health system. More information on specific projects can be found here.