18.6 million
Life expectancy
64 years
Population living below international poverty line
  • Protestant 27.2%
  • Catholic 18.4%
  • Other Christian 41%
  • Muslim 12.1%


Estimated people living with HIV
Estimated adult (15-49 years) prevalence
Incidence rate per 1 000 uninfected population
HIV prevalence in key populations:
  • Men who have sex with men 17%
  • Sex workers 60%
Sources: World Bank, World Health Organization & CIA World Factbook

Hope for Life Malawi

In Malawi, HIV rates are among the highest in the world. Alongside its partner denomination – the Africa Evangelical Church (AEC) – SIM Malawi’s Hope for Life effort (known in-country and historically as HOPE for AIDS) has been working to implement responsive strategies with a focus on interventions designed to reach deep into the rural areas of the country.

Today, our projects (see detail below) seek to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of those living with HIV and their families, and to enable and educate the church and community in responding to HIV and related issues.

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Provides care for people impacted by HIV and AIDS in six communities throughout Malawi. It does so through a home-based care program that trains and equips volunteers to make regular visits to the chronically sick, providing nutritional supplements, health advice, and emotional and spiritual support to them and their carers.

Mobilizes churches in Malawi to mentor and care for orphans and vulnerable children. It does so by training church volunteers for a home visiting program, by supporting five church-operated pre-school daycare centres, and through the provision of a high school scholarship program.

Two prevention projects work with young people in the Africa Evangelical Church (AEC) in Malawi – as well as those in the wider community – to promote genuine behaviour change related to HIV through an increased desire in young people to live godly lifestyles.

Our first project is aimed at youth and families, using relevant prevention messages to strengthen understanding and foster an increased personalisation of HIV issues.

Our second project focuses on primary school aged children, using the Today for Tomorrow curriculum.