Malawi’s maternal death rate is falling, but many more lives could be saved with better healthcare in place. We’re working with district councils to make budget and decision-making processes more transparent, so communities can be involved in shaping their local health services.
The budget transparency scorecard is particularly helpful. We are certain it will improve our budget efficiency while ensuring every player is more transparent and accountable.
Rumphi District Council Chairperson, 2016

What's happening in Malawi

Malawi has made good progress in improving maternal and newborn survival rates. In 2016, there were an estimated 439 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births – representing a huge decline from 1990, when more than double the number of deaths was recorded.  

The country is now working towards reducing that figure to 140 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births by 2035.

Malawi’s neonatal mortality rate is among the highest in sub-Saharan Africa, with 27 deaths per 1000 live births. The main causes are premature birth, infection and birth asphyxia.

Women and babies need health facilities that can provide emergency childbirth-related (obstetric) care. Investment in such facilities is at the heart of Malawi’s Health Sector Strategic Plan II 2017-2022.

Women in Malawi
19%
have an unmet need for modern contraceptives
Maternal Mortality
439
per 100,000 live births
Government spending on health
53%
as a % of total health expenditure