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REPORT RELEASE: Making the invisible visible: counting children on the streets in Malawi

Retrak is excited to announce the release of our enumeration report about children on the streets Malawi.

Retrak, Chisomo Children’s Club and the Government of Malawi sought to address the lack of information on the number of children living and working on the streets in Malawi, a common problem throughout the world.  We undertook an enumeration study of children on the streets in Lilongwe and Blantyre, using the capture/recapture methodology.

The study estimates the number of children living and working on the streets in Lilongwe to be 2,389 and in Blantyre to be 1,776, this is based on children reporting or being observed to sleep or work on the streets or other public locations.

In addition the study found:

  • 1 in 5 children on the streets is a girl
  • Only 9% of children on the streets in Lilongwe and 12% in Blantyre are sleeping on the streets, that’s around 200 children in each city
  • Over 80% of children on the streets come from homes within the same district.

Read the full report here

You can also read more on the capture/recapture methodology and why Retrak decided this is a robust approach to counting mobile and hidden groups of children on the streets. There is also a webinar hosted by the CPC Learning Network and presented by Joanna Wakia, Monitoring and Research Advisor at Retrak, Charles Gwengwe, Executive Director at Chisomo Children’s Club, and  McKnight Kalanda, Director of Child Affairs in the Malawi Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability, and Social Welfare.