Malawi is one of the poorest countries in Africa. Life expectancy is less than 50 years old.
Inequality is a huge problem, with the richest 20 per cent of the population using nearly half of all goods and services.
It also has one of the highest HIV infection rates in the region.
CARE International projects ensure people get medicine and information about health risks such as HIV.
CARE plays an active role in supporting Malawiâ€™s emerging civil society â€“ its charities and community organisations. We focus particularly on good schools, hospitals and support for farmers.
CARE trains volunteers in villages across Malawi to provide home based care to orphans and adults who are HIV positive.
The volunteers care for these vulnerable people and help them grow fruit and vegetables to supplement their diets â€“ which is crucial to fighting the onset of AIDS.
Responding to food shortages
Food shortages are common across southern Africa, most people canÂ not produce enough crops to survive from one year to the next. Agricultural labour can often be on very exploitative terms.
Many are trapped in a cycle of debt, unable to repay past loans. We hand out emergency food aid, but also provide education to help people make a viable living from farming.
CARE aims to make sure that both boys and girls in Malawi have at least a basic primary education.