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Oxfam in Malawi

Leyla Kayere working in her rice field. Thanks to an Oxfam-funded irrigation scheme, she and other farmers in her village are benefiting from bigger, all-year round harvests. Photo: Abbie Trayler-Smith

Cyclone Idai emergency response

Oxfam is responding to help people affected by Cyclone Idai, which hit Mozambique, as well as Malawi and Zimbabwe in March 2019. Oxfam teams are assessing the needs of the people worst affected. They are reporting extensive damage to homes and crops. Some areas have been rendered impassable with roads and bridges and phone lines having been washed away.

Oxfam is responding with water, sanitation services, food and other non-food items.

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From our staff

Elias Khozombwe, Programme Funding Co-ordinator

 Oxfam is working on five main areas in Malawi - helping people earn a better living, responding to climate change, tackling the spread of HIV and AIDS, working to prevent violence against women and girls, and undertaking humanitarian work. These are all closely connected, and it's crucial work, because Malawi is one of the world's poorest countries - our GDP ranks 172nd out of 182nd globally, and life expectancy has fallen from 52 years in 1992 to just 41 in 2004, largely due to HIV and AIDS.

My work involves supporting this work through fundraising and making sure resources are properly utilised and accounted for.

Full details of what Oxfam is doing in Malawi (PDF, 249KB)

The impact of our work: Medicines for millions


Campaigning brings HIV drugs to those who need them.

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Malawi Food Crisis Appeal

A devastating drought has left nearly 6.5 million people hungry and in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.

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