With an estimated population of 18 million, Malawi is a largely rural country whose economy is dominated by agriculture. However, more than 70% of Malawians live below the poverty line.
Vulnerable to environmental disasters, including flooding, prolonged drought and strong winds, coupled with the regular outbreak of pests and disease, the country's food security is always at risk.
Such vulnerability was further exacerbated in 2021 with the COVID-19 pandemic taking its toll on the country. Numerous hospitals were overwhelmed by patient inflows and lacked vital resources, such as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Gift of the Givers interceded in the country, reaching some 150 000 with programmes designed to assist in alleviating the suffering.