Malawi is one of the world’s poorest countries. Several issues continue to keep Malawi in poverty. These include drought, declining soil fertility, low levels of education, government corruption, high population density, flood, poor soil fertility, inflation, poor agricultural yield, and the pandemic spread of HIV/AIDS.
COUNTRY COVID UPDATE
After over a year since the COVID-19 outbreak began, infections have stabilized for the time being and by April Malawi had received its first 360,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine with nearly 1 million more doses on the way. That being said, there are still struggles, such as the more contagious South African variant which is active in the country. Also with rampant misinformation about the vaccine, some people are fearful of scheduling an appointment. Please pray that accurate information is being disseminated and that the most vulnerable will be able to access the vaccine.
In addition, the new Malawi government is trying to tackle corruption related to the mismanagement of COVID funds in the last year. Please pray for reform and that the right leaders will come into power and start programs that will help the most vulnerable populations.
World Renew’s work in rural areas continues with a focus of generating economic opportunity and food security that can withstand the threat of COVID-19. In addition, our delivery of PPE to a local hospital enabled them to care for nearly 70,000 people impacted by COVID-19.
World Renew has successfully adapted our work in Malawi to accommodate COVID precautions and protect the communities we engage and our staff from exposure. Still, the impact of COVID-19 endures. Some estimates say humanitarian progress has been set back 25 years by this pandemic. Your gifts to Malawi go straight towards allowing World Renew to continue and, hopefully, scale up our programming in response. We can’t meet these needs without you.