Malawi. Malawi, one of the world’s ten poorest countries, is also one of the hardest hit by HIV and AIDS. About 14% of the population is estimated to carry the HIV virus, and more than 350,000 people have died of AIDS. In Malawi, 400,000 children live orphaned due to the epidemic.
At a donor conference, more than a million dollars were pledged to a five-year campaign against the spread of HIV. By contrast, Malawi declined the World Bank’s offer for a $ 40 million loan. With a foreign debt of more than two billion dollars, one cannot owe more, the government said. One element of the fight against the spread of infection was drastic: In July, President Muluzi ordered the arrest of all prostitutes and their customers.
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In July, a parliamentary committee published a critical report on corruption within the government. In particular, the Ministry of Education was identified as involved in extensive fraud, in which scams on e.g. the construction of new schools had been granted to relatives of high officials. About NOK 20 million was paid out, but no schools were built. Under severe pressure from domestic organizations and foreign donors, President Muluzi carried out a comprehensive reform of the government in November. the Minister of Education resigned.
According to COUNTRYAAH, the population of Malawi in 2000 was 11,148,647, ranking number 69 in the world. The population growth rate was 2.520% yearly, and the population density was 118.2516 people per km2.