St John Malawi

Since 1988, St John Scotland has supported our sister organisation, St John Malawi, with a community-led healthcare programme to improve the lives of children and families living in one of Africa’s poorest countries.

There is an urgent need for health services in Malawi: for every 1,000 children born, 42 will die before their first birthday, compared to only three in Scotland. In Scotland, one of every 5,800 women runs a lifetime risk of dying during pregnancy, childbirth or after delivery. In Malawi, it is one of every 39.

St John Scotland provide funding to support St John Malawi to run an established mother and baby programme in and around the city of Blantyre, which has saved lives and greatly improved the health of families in the area.

Photo of a smiling mum with her baby and a smiling man with his arm around her

As well as our long-standing support for the Blantyre project, in 2018 we were granted funding from the Scottish Government to support a new project based around the Lilongwe area.

The five-year programme is helping thousands of people improve their health, and will reach 57,000 people at home, including more than 10,000 expectant and new parents.

It is hoped the programme – which has been funded until 2023 – will also contribute to the sustainable development of Malawi’s health sector in the long term.

Photo of a baby being weighed