Malawi is a magnificent land-locked country in sub-Saharan Africa, home to a population of about 17 million people. Known for its 360 mile long Lake Malawi and Mount Mulanje in the South, it is increasingly being recognized as a tourist destination.
A peaceful nation with a democratic government, the majority of the Malawian population is rural. Despite significant advances in the last two decades, Malawi still struggles with poverty; about two-thirds of its population lives on less than $2 per day.
Kamuzu Central Hospital, in the capital city of Lilongwe, is where our work began, and has expanded to support children in the Lilongwe District. KCH admits about 25,000 children per year, and has a mortality rate of about 5%. It is staffed by a handful of Malawian pediatricians and a dedicated team of nurses, but children still die every day of preventable or treatable diseases.