Journal of Public Health Policy

, Volume 35, Issue 1, pp 119–131 | Cite as

Informal alcohol in Malawi: Stakeholder perceptions and policy recommendations

  • Rupali J LimayeEmail author
  • Lainie Rutkow
  • Rajiv N Rimal
  • David H Jernigan
Original Article


Through the eyes of those involved in the alcohol policy-making process in Malawi, we explored the role of informal (non-commercial) alcohol in rural communities, its harmful effects, and implications for appropriate national policy. Harms included early drinking initiation, violence, and sexual risk exposure. Informants suggested that policy should address informal alcohol’s content, selling times, and easy access. Because most informal alcohol producers are women who rely upon sales for subsistence, policies must avoid limiting women’s economic opportunities while protecting community health.


alcohol policy Malawi informal Africa 



We would like to thank Dag Endal and Oystein Bakke for their participation in this work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rupali J Limaye
    • 1
    Email author
  • Lainie Rutkow
    • 2
  • Rajiv N Rimal
    • 3
  • David H Jernigan
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of HealthBehavior and Society, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public HealthBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.Department of Health Policy and ManagementJohns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public HealthBaltimoreUSA
  3. 3.Department of Prevention & Community HealthGeorge Washington UniversityWashingtonUSA

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