The government is dependent on foreign aid for one third of its revenue, the biggest donors being the World Bank, IMF and Britain (DFID). Malawi suffered greatly during the 30 year autocratic rule of Dr Hastings Banda but since he lost power in 1994 the country has generally seenthe growth of democratic institutions. Like many countries in the region Malawi faces great difficulties relating to high HIV/AIDs prevalency rates, and is there are more than one million children living in the country who have been orphaned by the disease.