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What we do

using the sanitary block - what we doPlan’s work in Malawi covers 5 key areas, all of which are rooted in the rights of the child.  The approach is based on the Human Rights Based Approach to Development (HRBAD) from which Plan’s Child Centred Community Development (CCCD) approach derives its core principles.

The 5 main areas are:

  • Sexual Reproduction and Child Health
  • Water, Sanitation & Hygiene
  • Quality Basic Education
  • Child Protection and Participation
  • Youth Participation and Empowerment

Sexual reproductive and Child Health

Plan Malawi’s health activities aim at enhancing capacities of young people, parents and communities to progressively realise their right through strengthening knowledge, capacity and practices at all levels to improve the maternal, newborn and child health including adolescent/youths sexual reproductive health.

Water, Sanitation & Hygiene:

This programme focuses on improving safe water supply and promoting sanitation and hygiene in communities and schools.

Quality Basic Education

This programme’s focus is at primary education and addressing issues that deny both girls and boys the opportunity to access and complete quality primary education.  The Program draws links with the ‘Because I am a Girl Campaign’ to highlight the challenges that affect girls more than boys within and outside the school.  Plan also supports communities to respond more effectively to issues that affect the completion of primary education of their children especially girls.

Child Protection & Participation:

Violence and abuse, exploitation and discrimination of children including those with disabilities, neglect, child labour and low child birth registration are some of the issues that hinder children, women and the youth from enjoying the right to protection in Malawi.  This programme contributes to enhancing child participation and protection against all forms of violence against Children including neglect, discrimination and exploitation.

Youth Participation & Empowerment

This program aims at empowering the youth socially and economically at various levels to improve their status and also to promote their participation in decision making processes on issues affecting them.