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.


Recently 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. 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 in Malawi trains and mobilises local people to work in communities and at local health clinics. Their volunteers help improve the health of mothers and babies by teaching women about nutrition and antenatal check-ups, preparing for labour and the birth.Their community outreach educate men on the vital role they have in ensuring women have access to the healthcare they require. We have mobile clinics in some regions to bring healthcare facilities and professionals closer to the people that need it most.


Click on the link below for more information.

Mother and Baby Programme



St John Ambulance HQ - Blantyre

532 Churchill Road, Opposite to Southern Fried Restaurant

P. O. Box 51243,

Limbe, Malawi


Tel: +265 1 840 170





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