The HIV / AIDS epidemic in Malawi. HIV / AIDS policy fact sheet.
Malawi has almost one million people estimated to be living with HIV/AIDS (900,000 as of the end of 2003). Malawi's HIV/AIDS prevalence rate (the percent of people living with the disease) is almost twice the rate in sub-Saharan Africa overall (14.2% compared to 7.5% in 2003). The HIV/AIDS epidemic poses significant development challenges to this low-income country, which has been exacerbated by high levels of food insecurity. In 2001, the Government of Malawi formed a National AIDS Commission (NAC), which has been led by the Minister of State Responsible for HIV/AIDS Programmes since 2003. The Government developed a National HIV/AIDS Strategic Framework (2000-2004) to coordinate the country's response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and a new framework is being developed. (excerpt)