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About Malawi

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One of the poorest countries in the world, Malawi is  a landlocked country existing on subsistence farming, together with foreign aid.

Malawi however is known as the “Warm Heart” of Africa. This is because despite the day to day challenges the people face, they are known across the world for the  friendliness, their kind natures and their humbling generosity.

The majority of the population earn a living as subsistence farmers, leaving them vulnerable to drought  and disease. 74% of the population live below the poverty line on less than $1.25 a day.






Medicine in Malawi

Malawi Hospitals



The government run hospital system in Malawi is designed in a three-tiered network of interlocking medical facilities.  Most medical cases enter the system through the rural primary healthcare clinics or dispensaries nearest their home. There are almost no doctors and few nurses and  supplies to the rural hospitals are often not available.

In theory, when a medical case is too critical for the rural hospital to handle, the system calls for the patient to be transferred to the district hospital. These facilities are centrally located in each of the 27 districts. In practice, there are no surgeons and few doctors at the district level. Here, as with the situation at the rural level, the supplies run short. The system that is designed to feed from the top fails when there is not enough medicine or resources for even the top tier of the medical establishment.


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Hospital Directory

The Directory provides information on Central and District Hospitals in Malawi, together with details of LAST's teaching activities and opportunities for future training visits.

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