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Malawi Population, Density, Fertility Rate and Life Expectancy Overview
Population Analysis Year 2010 Year 2020 Year 2030
Population (in million) 15.16 20.283 26.57
Global Rank 65th 61st 60th
Global Population Share 0.217% 0.26% 0.31%
Global Population Density 162.33 212.46 267.91
Global Population Density Rank 186th 188th 190th
Average Life Expectancy 57.26 64.73 68.84
Average Life Expectancy Global Rank 178th 168th 157th
Fertility Rate 5.3 4.31 3.71
Fertility Rate Global Rank 20th 28th 27th
Note : Population Density means number of people staying per kilometer and Fertility rate means number of kids born per women

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Malawi Causes of Death
Cause Type Number of Deaths % of Total Deaths
Homicide 38 0.08%
Malaria 3049 6.29%
Lower respiratory infections 3106 6.4%
Diarrheal diseases 0 0%
Nutritional deficiencies 16 0.03%
Protein-energy malnutrition 3779 7.79%
Neonatal infections 0 0%
HIV/AIDS 15080 31.09%
Congenital birth defects 213 0.44%
Cancers 403 0.83%
Diabetes, blood and endocrine disease 1937 3.99%
Measles 238 0.49%
Tuberculosis 7505 15.47%
Digestive diseases 239 0.49%

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Highlights of Malawi BMI and Diet Compositions

Comprehensive data on food supply and consumption is published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Data was analyzed by The Global Graph and is published in these below Highlights, Graphs and Tables (Data Quality & definitions)

  • As per United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), average person in Malawi gets their caloric supply from :
    • Carbohydrates : 86.38%86.38%
    • Fat : 18.43%18.43%
    • Plant protein : 11.28%11.28%
    • Animal protein : 1.55%1.55%
  • 17.64% increase in caloric supply : Currently Malawi gets 2367/kilocalories per person per day worth of caloric supply when compared to 2012/kilocalories per person per day in Year 1961
  • Cereals & Grains, Starchy Roots and Oils & Fats are three major diet compositions in Malawi
  • Maize, Wheat and Rice are three major Cereal preferences in Malawi
  • National and World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations on vegetable intake is to range between 200-250g per day and in Malawi average intake is 59.89 grams
  • Bananas, Plantains and Citrus, other are three major Fruit Types Intake in Malawi
  • National and World Health Organization (WHO) typically set a guideline of 200g Fruit Intake per day and in Malawi average Fruit intake is 170.74grams
  • In Malawi, average male height is in the decreasing trend and female height is in decreasing trend
  • 20.10% of population is suffering from obesity and this trend is continously increasing from last few years
  • Average Male BMI in Malawi is in the range of normal and Average Female BMI is in range of normal (BMI = Body Mass Index - The WHO define a BMI <=18.5 as 'underweight'; 18.5 to 25 as 'normal/healthy'; 25.0 to 30.0 as 'obese')

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