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3 July 2022
Bringing health and hope to Burundi

A state-of-the-art 150 bed teaching hospital in Burundi that will deliver vital care for women and children in one of the poorest nations in Africa is on course to open its doors this year.

Kigutu Hospital and Women’s Health Pavilion building design in Burundi:
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image : Bergen Street Studio

The US$20m Kigutu Hospital and Women’s Health Pavilion is the latest phase in a project transforming the remote mountain village of Kigutu into a centre of community-driven health care and education that is being delivered by Village Health Works (VHW) and will bring high quality surgical capacity to rural Burundi.

The medical facility is now in the final stages of construction. When completed, it will provide essential and emergency obstetrics and surgical care.
FBW Group was involved as project manager and lead designer in the detailed design stages of the development and is proud to have played a part in the successful delivery of the project to date.

FBW, which has offices in Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda, has helped deliver health projects in Africa, many in remote rural areas, for more than 25 years.
One in 23 women will die during pregnancy or childbirth in Burundi, where 80 per cent of the population lives on under $1 a day.

Once open, women will be able to give birth safely in a dignified environment, with access to immediate c-sections and other services to increase the safety of both mother and child.

The Kigutu Hospital and Women’s Health Pavilion will have seven delivery rooms, a prenatal and postnatal ward, a neonatal intensive care unit, nursery, general and malnutrition wards. It will also have an emergency room.

As well as saving lives and reducing needless suffering the facility will provide an excellent training and education environment for Burundian healthcare professionals, helping retain talent in the country.

Village Health Works is a New York-based non-profit organisation founded by Deogratias ‘Deo’ Niyizonkiza, an American citizen and medical doctor born in rural Burundi, who has become an inspirational voice in global health and international development.

Village Health Works has turned this area of Burundi into a bustling campus which serves a catchment area of 200,000 people.

The project began in 2005 when Deo travelled back to Burundi to establish VHW, with the goal of creating a healthcare system model in Kigutu.

Thanks to community-donated land, a small amount of seed money from American fellow students and supporters and the work of volunteers, the centre opened its doors to the community in December 2007.

FBW Group managing director Paul Moores said: “It’s fantastic to see that work on the Kigutu Hospital and Women’s Health Pavilion is progressing.
“It is a testament to the dedication, drive and determination of VHW and the team behind the project.

“This is a truly transformational development for Burundi and its people, delivering first-world quality health services to a remote part of rural Africa.

“The Women’s Health Pavilion will provide vital care for women and children in the region. It is a true ‘game changer’ in health services for Burundi and we’re proud to have played some part in its creation.”

24 June 2022
CEM Kamanar Secondary School, Thionck Essyl, Senegal, West Africa
Design: Dawoffice / David Garcia, Aina Tugores
CEM Kamanar Secondary School Senegal Building
photo : Amir Anoushfar
CEM Kamanar Secondary School Senegal
When architects from Dawoffice saw the overcrowding at Thionck Essyl’s only secondary school, they resolved to build a new one through their charitable foundation, Foundawtion.

24 June 2022
Niamey 2000, Niamey, Republic of the Niger, West Africa
Design: united4design / Yasaman Esmaili, Elizabeth Golden, Mariam Kamara, Philip Straeter
Niamey 2000, Niger urban housing
photo : Aboubacar Magagi
Niamey 2000
Living spaces open out onto self-shading courtyards, which are cooled by both cross and stack ventilation, each family unit contains two floors. The buildings are a direct response to the current housing and socio-economic conditions found in the city of Niamey.

3 June 2022
Outros Bairros Rehabilitation Programme, port of Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde
Architect: OUTROS BAIRROS / Nuno Flores
Outros Bairros Rehabilitation Programme, Mindelo, Cape Verde
photo : Nuno Flores
Outros Bairros Rehabilitation Programme in Mindelo
Growing out of a design initiative at the local Institute of Art, Technology and Culture, this rehabilitation of the Alto de Bomba district of the port city of Mindelo is rooted in the day-to-day life of the population.

19 May 2022
Nairobi Central Railway Station, Nairobi, Kenya
Architects: Atkins
Nairobi Central Railway Station Kenya
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Nairobi Central Railway Station, Kenya
As part of the UK-Kenya Strategic Partnership, the UK and Kenyan governments have today launched the final design of Nairobi’s new Central Railway Station and public realm. The new design, which was completed by Atkins UK and handed over to Kenya Railways and the Ministry of Transport, is part of the wider Nairobi Railway City redevelopment programme, championed by President Kenyatta and supported by the UK government.

21 Apr 2022
Abidjan Tower, Abidjan, Ivory Coast, West Africa
Architecture: Paulo Merlini Architects
Abidjan Tower Ivory Coast
image : SA Digital Technology Co., Ltd
Abidjan Tower, Ivory Coast Building
The Abidjan Tower is a building of sculptural character that dances on itself, taking advantage of the views of the surrounding lagoon. With two apartments per floor and surrounding balconies, the building developed for the upper class is a milestone that defines the start of the masterplan development for this part of the city.

15 Mar 2022
Focus on sustainability grows in East Africa
Focus on sustainability grows in East Africa
The focus on sustainability in building design and construction is set to become even sharper over the next 12 months, according to leading East African architecture and engineering practice FBW group. The group, which is helping deliver large-scale development projects across the region, believes a continuing focus on sustainable design and the increased use of locally sourced African materials is vital moving forward.

27 Jan 2022
Clinical Research Excellence And Training Open Resource, Republic of Malawi, southeast Africa
Design: FBW Group
Clinical Research Excellence And Training Open Resource Malawi Building
image courtesy of architects practice
Clinical Research Excellence And Training Open Resource Malawi Building
The new Clinical Research Excellence And Training Open Resource (CREATOR) will provide the most sophisticated clinical research training environment in the region. It has been described as “paradigm shifting”, meaning a whole new way of thinking and doing business.

14 Dec 2021
Kigali school campus masterplan
International School of Kigali Building, Rwanda - African Architecture News
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International School of Kigali Building, Rwanda
Leading architecture and engineering firm FBW Group is working with the International School of Kigali (ISK) to create a 21st Century ‘green’ campus in the Rwandan capital. The ambitious $5m project will deliver a centre of learning for 500 students, with modern classrooms, state-of-the-art laboratories, a ‘maker space’ and first-class sports facilities on a 2.3 hectares site in Kibagabaga.

8 Dec 2021
Kao La Amani Children’s Village, Kilimanjaro, northern Tanzania, eastern Africa
Kao La Amani Children’s Village, Northern Tanzania, Africa
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Kao La Amani Children’s Village, Northern Tanzania
In the town of Boma Ng’ombe in the Hai district of Kilimanjaro in northern Tanzania, a single-storey orphanage is home to 60 children between the ages of 3 to 18. In an overcrowded rented building where 3-4 children can share a bed, rooms are dark and the grounds offer little space for outside play.

2 Dec 2021
Skyscraper for Dakar, Dakar, Senegal, West Africa
Design: Architect Johannes Baar-Baarenfels, Vienna
Dakar skyscraper building by Johannes Baar-Baarenfels - African Architecture News
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Dakar Skyscraper Building: Johannes Baar-Baarenfels
The Miami Center for Architecture & Design pays tribute to the latest work of Viennese architect Johannes Baar-Baarenfels – a skyscraper in the West African megacity Dakar.

9 Nov 2021
Earth Pyramid Senegal Building, Senegal, West Africa
Earth Pyramid Senegal Building Design - African Architecture News
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Earth Pyramid Senegal Building Design
An exciting project offering the earth’s population opportunity to record their hopes, dreams and opinions – digitally preserved into securely sealed time capsule.

22 Sep 2021
Building growth in Rwanda
A decade of building growth in Rwanda

14 Sep 2021
New Social Housing in Cameroon
Design: TAMassociati with Arup
Social Housing in Cameroon by TAMassociati - African Architecture News
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New Social Housing in Cameroon
TAMassociati, Impact Design experts and the former curatorial team of the Italian pavilion in 2016, in Venice, and Arup, the planning, design and consultancy company promotor of a single multidisciplinary approach to the “Total Design” project, present a world preview of a new masterplan: 10,000 new units of Social Housing in Cameroon. A pilot project for future planning throughout the African continent.

6 July 2021
National Public Health Emergency Operations Center & Laboratory, Republic of the Gambia, West Africa
Design: IDOM
Emergency Treatment Centre Farato, Gambia building design
image courtesy of architects practice
Emergency Treatment Centre Farato, Gambia
The Government of Gambia has developed a National Plan for Preparedness and Response to COVID19. The COVID-19 Plan focuses on scaling up and strengthening all aspects of preparedness and response, including coordination, surveillance, case management, communication, and social, psychosocial mobilization, as well as logistics and safety.

19 May 2021
Senegal Technology Park Building, Diamniadio, near Dakar, Senegal, West Africa
Design: IDOM
Senegal Technology Park Building: IDOM
image courtesy of architects practice
Senegal Technology Park Building

14 Jan 2021
Circular Economy Article
Circular Economy in Africa : FBW Group news

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24 Nov 2020
Mauritius Golf Estate Buildings, Abuja, Nigeria, western Africa
Design: Rodriguez Pons / Architects
Mauritius Golf Estate Club House in Abuja, Nigeria building
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Mauritius Golf Estate Buildings
Mauritius Golf Estate is located on a green and scenic landscape, a development of 30 houses with a small golf course, which invites you to live a sustainable lifestyle. There are 4.3 hectares that include large recreational areas promoting a calm and elegant environment, which aims at an emotional well-being.

7 Oct 2020
Kingsway Tower, Ikoyi, Lagos, western Africa
Architects: SAOTA
Kingsway Tower Ikoyi Lagos
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Kingsway Tower, Ikoyi, Lagos
A landmark mixed-use building set on a prominent corner on Alfred Rewane Road, an arterial road that bisects the city leading north towards the airport and south to the Victoria Island. The building designed by South African architects SAOTA is 15 storeys high. It has a basement, a two-level retail podium, a parking podium and 12 office floor levels.

6 Aug 2020
US Investment Programme Is An African ‘game-changer’
Leading East African planning, design, architecture and engineering team FBW Group has welcomed the launch of the USA’s Africa Investment Advisor Programme as a potential “game-changer” for the region:
USA Africa Investment Advisor Programme

15 July 2020
University of Bambey Building, Diourbel, Senegal, West Africa
Design: IDOM
University of Bambey Building, Diourbel, Senegal
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University of Bambey Building
In Senegal, shade and water are everything. This lecture-room block project, a close relative of another in Gaston Berger, San Luis, which was commissioned by the Ministry of Education and the World Bank, is set in the city of Bambey, located 120 km west of Dakar. With a population of 20,000, Bambey stands out for its peanut and cattle farming, its scarce urban infrastructures and the surrounding harsh life conditions.

7 Mar 2020
Mercury House, Seychelles
Mercury House on Island of Mahe, Seychelles

28 Jan 2020
Building Green Cities
Building Green Cities across Africa

3 Jan 2020
The Whale Bar, St Regis Hotel, The Maldives Resort

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African Architecture News in 2019

21 Dec 2019
Malawi Creator Centre, Medical Training Building

14 Oct 2019
Keta Sandlanders Football Club, Ghana
Design: Inter Urban Studios
Love Equals Football Keta Ghana - African Architecture News
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Keta Sandlanders Football Club in Ghana
As part of volunteer work for Architecture for Humanity London, Inter Urban Studios are delivering a new football pitch and community centre for this sports co-op in Keta, coastal Ghana, that provides local youth a place to foster sporting skills, a place for community activities, as well as guidance on sustainable farming techniques.

14 May 2019
Ngaren: The Museum of Humankind, Kenya, East Africa
Design: Studio Libeskind
Ngaren the Museum of Humankind in The Great Rift Valley
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Ngaren: The Museum of Humankind in The Great Rift Valley
Campaign for a new museum dedicated to the story of humans, Ngaren: The Museum of Humankind: the unprecedented project located in Kenya’s Rift Valley is designed by architect Daniel Libeskind, Studio Libeskind, the master plan architect of the World Trade Center site.

21 Mar 2019
Dakar Railway Station, Senegal, western Africa
Design: Iglo Architects
Dakar Railway Station in Senegal - African Architecture News
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Dakar Railway Station Building
Iglo Architects have undertaken the consultancy of Dakar Railway Station Project, which is the first one of the railway station projects to be implemented in total 21 different locations in Senegal. Accomplished by the joint works of France, Senegal and Turkey, the opening of the railway station will be held within this month.

19 Mar 2019
Joali Resort, Muravandhoo Island, North Maldives
Interior design: Autoban
Joali Resort on Muravandhoo Island the Maldives - African Architecture News
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Joali Resort on The Maldives
This new resort focuses on “creating a unique story that joins the flora of a natural wonder of the island”. As another showcase of the studio’s multi-layered design approach,it gives a new meaning to the island life through an unlimited and dynamic experience, with an integral and a unique understanding between interior and exterior spaces, and architecture.

7 Jan 2019
Solar Well, Sambacounda village, Senegal
Design: Raoul Vecchio Architect
Solar Well in West Africa
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Solar Well in West Africa
The architecture surrounds the well to protect and give value to the water resource. The design is light and delicate, in strong relation with the natural context. Walls don’t create a closed space, but they include the context in the interior space. A system of wooden beams obtained with a local essence, is achieved by overlapping elements bolted to reach the necessary light (6 meters).

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23 Nov 2018
Oceans Paradise, Hulhumale, the Maldives
Design: CAA (Core of Architecture & Art) Architects
Maldives Airport Economic Zone Mixed-use Development design by CAA
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Maldives Airport Economic Zone Mixed-use Development
Architectural competition winning design, utlising rainwater and solar energy harvesting, plus passive cross ventilation and tidal power.

17 Sep 2018
Villa Banalia, Democratic Republic of Congo
Architects: BasaboseStudio
Villa Banalia in the Democratic Republic of Congo
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Villa in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Villa Banalia is both a renovation and an adaptation of an old industrial storage building.

16 Sep 2018
Nyiragongo Villa I, North Kivu province, Congo, Republic of the Congo
Architects: BasaboseStudio
Nyiragongo Villa I in the North Kivu province Congo - African Architecture News
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Villa in the North Kivu province, Congo
Nyiragongo Villa I is the expression of resilience of the city and people of Goma. A city of one million people located on the northern shore of Lake Kivu, in the North Kivu province, DR Congo.

13 Sep 2018
A Blueprint for Africa’s Future Cities
Moka City Mauritius - African Architecture News
A Blueprint for Africa’s Future Cities
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Archasm Wilderness Pavilion Kenya Competition
Firmly established as Africa’s most progressive business orientated jurisdiction, Mauritius’ forward-thinking and nimble policies have resulted in the island nation riding the wave to the centre of investment and development in Africa.

Wilderness Pavilion Kenya Architecture Competition
Archasm Wilderness Pavilion Kenya Competition
Archasm Wilderness Pavilion Kenya Competition

26 Jan 2018
Wooden Tower, Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria
Architects: Hermann Kamte & Associates (HKA)
Lagos's Wooden Tower - African Architecture News
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Lagos’s Wooden Tower
Originally designed as a submission for Metsä Wood’s City Above the City competition, Kamte’s design looks to tackle the problem of poorly planned construction in many African cities by pushing the boundaries of contemporary architecture.

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17 Nov 2017
Bristol Zoological Society Field Research Centre, Ankarafa Forest, Sahamalaza Peninsula, Radama National Park, north western Madagascar
Design: Landscape architect Grant Associates ; architect Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Bristol Zoological Society Field Research Centre Ankarafa Forest
photograph © FCBS
Bristol Zoological Society Field Research Centre Building in Madagascar
Landscape architect Grant Associates has teamed up with Bristol Zoological Society (BZS) and the Richard Feilden Foundation (RFF), in conjunction with fellow Bath based architect Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBStudios), in a project to save Madagascar’s critically endangered wildlife, including the blue-eyed black lemur, and their forest habitat.

The Whale Bar, The Maldives
Design: WOW Architects | Warner Wong Design
The Whale Bar, St Regis Hotel, The Maldives
image Courtesy architecture office
The Whale Bar, St Regis Hotel, The Maldives

27 Jul 2017
British High Commission Project in Accra, Ghana
Design: Gilbert-Ash
British High Commission Project in Accra, Ghana
Award-winning UK construction, refurbishment and fit out contractor, Gilbert-Ash, has been awarded a fit out project on the British Embassy in Accra, Ghana.

3 May 2017
Mashambas Skyscraper, Manyoni, Tanzania
Architects: Ggrupa
Mashambas Skyscraper - African Architecture News
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Mashambas Skyscraper in Manyoni
An area of cultivated ground; a plot of land, a small subsistence farm for growing crops and fruit-bearing trees, often including the dwelling of the farmer.

2 May 2017
Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital, Johannesburg, South Africa
Architects: Sheppard Robson
Nelson Mandela Childrens Hospital Building - African Architecture News
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Nelson Mandela Childrens Hospital
The concept by London-based architects fulfils Nelson Mandela’s dream of providing a specialised facility for children

18 + 1 Apr 2017
Currency Museum, Luanda, Angola
Design: COSTΛLOPES Architects
Currency Museum Luanda Building - African Architecture News
photo © Fabrice Fouillete
Currency Museum Luanda Building
The Currency Museum, which opened to the public in 2016, can be seen as one of the many steps towards establishing COSTΛLOPES as one of Angola’s leading architecture offices.

18 Mar 2017
Lusanga International Research Centre for Art and Economic Inequality, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)
Design: OMA, Architects
White Cube in Lusanga DRC building by OMA
image © OMA
Lusanga International Research Centre for Art and Economic Inequality
On April 21–22, a quintessential White Cube will be inaugurated on a former Unilever plantation in Lusanga, 650 km southeast of Kinshasa, D.R. Congo. Designed by OMA, this White Cube is a central element of the Lusanga International Research Centre for Art and Economic Inequality (LIRCAEI).

Africa Architectural Updates 2016

1 Dec 2016
Grand Plaza Hotel, Cheraga, Algeria
Design: DNA Barcelona Architects
Grand Plaza Hotel in Cheraga - African Architecture News
image Courtesy architecture office
Cheraga Hotel Building
The hotel has been designed in a manner that perfectly adapts to its environment. The design responds to the existing forms and the urban traces of its surroundings.

29 Oct 2016
New Parliament in Algeria, North Africa
Design: Bureau Architecture Méditerranée
New Algerian Parliament Building
image Courtesy architecture office
New Algerian Parliament
The New Algerian Parliament includes the People’s National Assembly, the National Council (Senate), the Chamber (Congress), and a residence for legislators.

23 Jun 2016
Coral Hotel, The Seychelles
Design: ARCHITECTS OF INVENTION
Coral Hotel
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Coral Hotel on the Seychelles
The project implies construction of an upscale lifestyle community comprised of a professionally serviced apartment complex, located on the reclaimed part of the main island of Seychelles– Sailwin.

18 Jan 2016
Finolhu Villas Hotel, The Maldives
Design: Yuji Yamazaki Architecture
Finolhu Villas Hotel
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New Hotel in the Maldives
The world’s first entirely solar powered five-star resort is now open to guests. The Maldives has the lowest average ground level of any nation, which makes for some of the world’s most beautiful beaches.

21 Oct 2015
Le Parc de Mont Choisy Golf and Beach Estate, Grand Baie, Mauritius
Design: SAOTA
Mont Choisy Homes
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Mont Choisy Homes in Mauritius
The site used to be a sugar plantation and has some wonderful historic buildings and avenues of Banyan and Flamboyant trees that will be retained.

26 Jul 2015
Pediatric Cancer Centre, Kigali, Rwanda
Architects: David Adjaye – Adjaye Associates
Pediatric cancer centre in Kigali, Rwanda
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Pediatric Cancer Centre in Kigali
Located in Kigali, Rwanda, on a 4 Hectare site, the pediatric cancer centre will provide a hospital and lodging facility for outpatients who need to reside close to the hospital, as well as residential housing for physicians and nurses.

27 Apr 2015
Disappearing Vernacular African Architecture
Article: Jon Twingi Sojkowski
Disappearing Vernacular African Architecture
Verandah wraps around a home Penganga village
Disappearing Vernacular African Architecture
The desire to modernize has created a situation in which traditional customs and practices are being abandoned. This is true even in the most remote of villages.

18 Feb 2015
60 sandbags classrooms, Mbera refugee camp, Mauritania
Architects: FARE Studio
60 Sandbags Classrooms
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Sandbags Classrooms in Mauritania
In Mauritania between 2012 and 2014 FAREstudio operated at the Mbera Refugee Camp as ‘construction expert’ for Italian NGO INTERSOS, an implementing partner of a UN agency within the framework of a primary education program aimed at improving teaching-and-learning provisions in the camp and nearby communities.

11 Feb 2015
Youths Training Center, Sassara, Central African Republic
Architects: FARE Studio
Youths Training Center
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Youths Training Center in Central African Republic
FRC is a project that FAREstudio designed and partially managed in a post conflict rural area of Central African Republic of a youths Training Center for the rehabilitation and social reintegration, through training in agricultural and pastoral activities, of children and teenagers with problematic social and cultural backgrounds, including former child soldiers.

18 Nov 2014
The Legson Kayira Community Center & Primary School, Malawi, southeast Africa
Design: Architecture for a change
Legson Kayira Community Center & Primary School - African Architecture News
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Community Center & Primary School Building in Malawi
The Republic of Malawi is a landlocked country. It is bordered by Zambia to the northwest, Tanzania to the northeast, and Mozambique on the east, south and west. The country is separated from Tanzania and Mozambique by Lake Malawi.

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