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 UPDATES
World Renew initiated a Rapid Response in partnership with Nkhoma Mission Hospital in central Malawi that focused on providing health service providers and facilities with protective equipment and sanitation materials (N95 masks, surgical masks, buckets, hand sanitizers, posters and soap for staff). In addition, health workers will receive training and will be given materials that can be distributed to the local communities relating to the transmission and prevention of COVID-19.
As of the start of June, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Malawi continues to rise. Recently returned migrants fled a quarantine center, which could lead to even more spread of the virus. While World Renew staff continue to express concerns regarding a lack of testing and seek to prepare healthcare workers to monitor and tend to COVID-19, they also express gratitude for no lockdown for this land-locked country that is so reliant upon trade. However, staff members are redoubling their efforts to help partners raise awareness about prevention measures in communities.
Malawi does continue to practice physical distancing precautions as well as require those who have left the country to quarantine for 14 days. Schools remain closed.