A high prevalence of HIV/AIDS and a lack of access to improved sanitation present key health challenges in Malawi. Many vulnerable communities, especially young children, cannot access better livelihoods due to pressing health issues and widespread poverty.
Over 85% of Malawians live in rural areas, and health services in many places are still limited. Malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia are the three leading causes of death for children under age five, and action is needed at the community level to ensure child survival.
Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with the Anglican Council in Malawi to work with trained local volunteers and government health workers to fight these preventable diseases. Health agents use the Integrated Community Case Management (iCCM) model with Social Behavioral Change Communication (SBCC) strategies to educate and engage families on preventing illness, caring for the sick at home and seeking medical care when needed. Through home visits and health education sessions in schools and community gatherings, the program encourages families to use mosquito nets to prevent malaria and practice good sanitation and hygiene to reduce other kinds of illness. In 2018, the program is set to increase access to quality health care, specifically against malaria, pneumonia and diarrhea, for 15,000 mothers, 30,000 children and their families. Through caregiver education, the program will also support 6,000 children under three years old to ensure they reach their full developmental potential.
The Anglican Council in Malawi is also facilitating the formation of Savings with Education groups to provide basic financial services to community members, helping to bolster economic opportunities for women and other vulnerable groups. Business and financial management training is also provided within savings groups as an opportunity for individuals to better manage their assets and improve their wellbeing.
Our work with Women focuses on helping communities promote the rights of women and children and move toward the vision that everyone deserves a life free from violence in a society where they are treated with dignity and respect. Only then can communities truly heal and thrive.
Our work with Children supports and protects kids under six so they reach appropriate health
and developmental milestones. This focus on early development is foundational and critical to
helping children achieve their full potential as future contributing members of their communities.
Over 300,000 women worldwide die each year from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Millions of infants die in their first few weeks of life – many of them also from preventable conditions. Prenatal care and monitoring health of expectant and new mothers and their children reduces illness and saves lives. Read more about Maternal and Child Health.Read more about Maternal & Child Health
Worldwide, an estimated 2.6 billion people do not have access to adequate sanitation. Proper sanitation and hygiene education can prevent the spread of disease ― saving lives and protecting communities. Read more about Sanitation & Hygiene.Read more about Sanitation & Hygiene
Planning ahead for disasters can go far in minimizing their potential impact – especially for people already facing poverty, who may lose their few assets or safety nets. To this end, Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with the Episcopal/Anglican Church to better prepare for and respond to disasters. Read more about Disaster Risk Reduction.Read more about Disaster Risk Reduction
Our micro-finance programs emphasize involving both women and men, which can be very effective in promoting gender awareness and empowering women. When women become breadwinners, they increase their role in household decision-making, which often enhances the whole family’s well-being. Read more about Micro-finance.Read more about Micro-finance
Episcopal Relief & Development’s NetsforLife® program partnership is working in 17 countries across sub-Saharan Africa to fight malaria with life-saving nets and education. Since it began in 2006, NetsforLife® has distributed more than 22,000,000 nets and provided education on their proper use and maintenance, reducing the number of malaria cases by up to 45% in program areas. Read more about Malaria.Read more about Malaria