Released on March 15, 2017, the 2015/16 Malawi Demographic Health Survey (MDHS), funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), highlights the successes and challenges facing Malawi’s health sector. The MDHS revealed a 22.8 percent decline in Malawi’s birthrate since 2010; 73 percent decline in under-5 deaths since 1992, confirming Malawi’s success in meeting Millennium Development Goal 4; 16 percent increase in the use of modern methods of family planning among married women since 2010; and a 35 percent decline in childhood anemia since 2010.
With a three percent increase in teenage pregnancies since 2010, Malawi’s birthrate remains unsustainable, with the population estimated to grow to 41.2 million by 2050. Without aggressively addressing Malawi’s population growth, recent improvements in health outcomes will be quickly reversed. Since 1984, USAID has supported the Government of Malawi with the development and implementation of MDHS to help improve the health and well-being of Malawians. Learn more at: http://www.dhsprogram.com/