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Malawi

CBM has a dedicated Malawi Country Office and supports projects and programmes covering education of the blind and visually impairments, prevention of blindness, community based rehabilitation, prevention of hearing impairment and training of ophthalmic and orthopaedic specialists, as well as ENT Clinical Officer. In addition, CBM provides Technical and Policy Advise to the Government of Malawi, and assists strategic partner in their capacity development efforts.

CBM in Malawi

CBM began its work in Malawi in the early 1970s, starting with support to Montfort College of the Blind in construction of Schools for the Blind throughout the country in 1971. Since then, CBM partners have increased in number.

CBM has been operating legally under Malawi Council for the Handicapped a statutory cooperation as Strategic partner mandated to provide rehabilitation programs and services and promoting public interest for the empowerment and integration of people with disabilities in order to achieve an inclusive society.

The Country Office was opened in 2011 and it’s legally recognised as a Non-Governmental Organisation.

About Malawi

Malawi is a landlocked country in Southern Africa, bordering Zambia to the west, Mozambique to the south-east and Tanzania to the north. Malawi’s most prominent physical feature is Lake Malawi / Nyasa (580 km long) on the eastern rim of the country, representing the southern end of the great rift valley of east Africa.

Generally, Malawi can be described as a narrow elongated plateau with rolling plains, rounded hills and some mountains at the southern end of the Great Rift Valley. Of the 118,484 square kilometers, land covers 94,080 sq km, and water 24,404 sq km. Appr. 21% is arable land. Climate is sub-tropical with a rainy season from December to April, and a dry season from May to November.

The country is divided into 3 Regions (North, South, Central), and 28 districts. Each district is divided into a number of Traditional Authorities.

Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world, ranking on position 171 out 187 of the Human Development Index.
As of 1 January 2016, the population of Malawi was estimated to be 17,473,734.

Where we work

Through our partnership with MACOHA, FEDOMA, Nkhoma Mission Hospital, College of Medicine and Montfort College, persons with disabilities are able to access services in the areas of health, education, empowerment, social development and livelihoods in the districts of Lilongwe, Blantyre, Salima, Ntcheu, Dedza, Dowa, Nkhata Bay, Nkhotakota, Ntchisi and Thyolo

Our country priority thematic area

  1. Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR)
  2. Health 
  3. Inclusive Education
  4. Livelihoods 
  5. Disability Mainstreaming

Our partnership

The following are our partners and the number of projects that they are implementing;
  1. Nkhoma Mission Hospital Eye- 1
  2. Montfort Teachers Training College- 2
  3. MACOHA- 2
  4. College of Medicine- 3
  5. FEDOMA -1
  6. Ministry of Health through Nhkoma Mission Hospital-1

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