St John Malawi was originally established in 1957 in Nyasaland (now Malawi) supported by major commercial companies who were conscious of the urgent need to prevent accidents in the work place.

St John Malawi provides health programmes across communities which include Primary Health Care, Home Based Care projects, and First Aid services.

In recent years, St John in Malawi have taken on a leading role in saving the lives of mothers and babies in the St John Mother and Baby Programme. Local volunteers within the communities improve the health of mothers and babies by teaching women about nutrition and antenatal check-ups, preparing for labour and the birth, and after delivery. As well as teaching men how to play a stronger support role.


First Aid

First aid is the core activity of St John Malawi where it is provided to commerical organisations and to schools. St John Malawi has been running the first aid in schools programme for 5 years in Blantyre. Their objective is to create a future generation that will have first aid knowledge and skills to reduce the current lack of proper care to the injured and ill people which is leading to further medical complications and loss of lives.

Apart from providing trainings, first aid service is also provided at public meetings for example at sporting events, crusades and many more events. With volunteers that have undergone intensive training and refreshers make the service other companies can benchmark on.

Home Based Care

St John Malawi volunteers provide care to chronically ill patients in the townships of Ndirande and Mbayani in Blantyre; and in two rural sites, Kauma and Chiuzira in Lilongwe. Their work involves:

  • Transferring skills of care to guardians and/or directly provide the care to the patients
  • Motivating community members to go for voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) Referring patients to the hospital

Currently there are 14 Health Surveillance Assistants and 60 volunteers in Kauma and Chiuzira have been trained in first aid and home based care to support and care to the communities effectively.

Primary Health Care

For over 20 years St John Malawi has been operating in Ndirande and Mbayani providing Primary Health Care services and first aid. Through this interaction, St John has gained recognition by the communities as well as increased experience in project management and organising campaigns.

Included in this programmes are activities like:

  • Growth monitoring in designated community clinics (satellite)
  • Home visiting
  • Health education
  • Home surveys i.e. data collection
  • Immunisations

Mother and Baby Programme

St John Malawi is supporting the local government’s efforts to improve the availability of timely and essential care for pregnant women and new mothers with babies.

Volunteers make door-to-door visits to support expectant and new parents, encourage them to use medical services early and often enough. St John also supplies a basic package of support to local clinics. In remote villages, where health services are not available, our volunteers work together with local health staff to provide outreach clinics.

In the first two years after its launch, our Mother and Baby programme reached a total of 6,800 people in Malawi with low-cost and high quality activities.

Learn more about our Mother and Baby Programme


St John Ambulance HQ - Blantyre
532 Churchill Road, Opposite to Southern Fried Restaurant
P. O. Box 51243

Tel: +265 1 840 170
Email: [email protected]

St John Ambulance - Lilongwe
Area 3
Behind NBS Bank next to Tutla Supermarket

Tel: +265 111 979 605 Cell: +265 999 598 760/ 884 056 905
Email: [email protected]