Healthcare to children

The Inter Aide project aimed to sustainably reduce the infant mortality rate in the Chadza region of Malawi, through more efficient and higher quality health services. The goal was to reduce infant mortality by 25% and the cases of fever and diarrhoea by 30%, in the first year, and to ensure a continued downward trend in the mortality rate during the following two years.

In total, 109 villages took part in the Inter Aide project, reaching 6,501 families. 3,215 women were directly trained through “health committees” and workshops on improved hygienic practices. By the end of the project, 88% of the households had constructed and were using latrines and 63% of children under five were sleeping under Insecticide Treated Nets, up from 46%. As a result, the child mortality rate decreased by 76% on average and the number of cases of fever fell to 31%. During the period, five village clinics were rehabilitated.

Created in 1982 in France, Inter Aide is a humanitarian organisation specialised in implementing development programs in favour of the poorest families. It runs 60 programs in the Caribbean, Africa and Asia.



Health / Education / Community Development


August 2011 - January 2014


Chadza region / Malawi

With whom

Inter Aide



18.6 million (2017)

Per Capita Income
USD 320/year (2017)

Poverty rate *
52% (2016)

Literacy rate
62% (2016)

Human Development Index
171st out of 189 countries (2018)

Malawi has been suffering from a deteriorating political environment since 2010, which has led to a weaker economy after five consecutive years of solid growth. Over 50% of the country's population lives below the poverty line and a quarter of the population is extremely poor. 37% of children under the age of five are suffering from stunting which hinders brain development, school performance, immunity and health. The country’s social indicators have nevertheless shown some improvements, notably a drop in HIV prevalence from 14% to 9%. Malawi is prone to natural disasters, primarily related to climate variability and change, which weakens its development.

Sources: World Food Program, UNICEF, World Bank, 2016 Human Development Report, Human Development Indices and Indicators (2018 Statistical Update)

*The percentage of the population living below the national poverty line.