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.