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  • Malawi is the 7th poorest country in the world.
  • It has a population of approximately 12,5 million; of those 750,000 are orphans, a figure increasing by 65,000 a year.
  • More than 200 people die of AIDS each day.
  • Life expectancy in 1997 was 41; now it is 36.
  • 48% of children in Malawi are chronically malnourished.
  • In the last decade maternal deaths in childbirth have increased by 100%. This figure is the third highest in the world, behind Sierra Leone and Afghanistan.
  • One in four children die before the age of five.
  • 7% of the population have electricity.
  • 42% of the population are illiterate.
  • 4% of the population complete secondary education.
  • 1% of the population go to University.
  • Every 30 seconds a child dies of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa.