News & Analysis: Malawi

Malawi’s Second Wave: What Lessons from 2020 Can be Applied in 2021?

As a second wave inundates Malawi, public health officials and policymakers are asking, What lessons from Malawi’s mild 2020 experience should be applied in 2021?

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

Malawi doctors call for volunteers to support frontline health care staff

“The Society of Medical Doctors has called for volunteer health workers to support the frontline health care staff during this unprecedented coronavirus pandemic. The doctors made the call in a statement barely a day after President Lazarus Chakwera admitted that the country’s health system had been ‘overwhelmed’ by the surge.”

via Nyasa Times

Police faulted for using violence to enforce COVID-19 measures

“The Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation has condemned the Malawi Police for beating up people in markets, depots and on the streets under the guise of enforcing COVID-19 measures.”

via Malawi24

Malawi President Chakwera declares State of Disaster to overcome COVID-19’s ‘crusade of death’

“The President admits that Malawi is entering a new danger zone, saying the death of the two ministers is an ‘incalculable loss’ to the nation.”

via Nyasa Times

Malawi declares state of disaster as two ministers die of COVID-19

“Transport Minister Sidik Mia and Local Government Minister Lingson Berekanyama both succumbed to the disease in the early hours of Tuesday.”

via Al Jazeera

Belekanyama becomes first Malawi minister to die from COVID-19

“Minister Local Government, Lingson Belekanyama, has been confirmed to have died of COVID-19, becoming the first minister and lawmaker in the country to succumb to the disease.”

via Nyasa Times

Malawi: Principal Secretary for Information Ministry dies of COVID-19

“Principal Secretary for the Ministry of Information Ernest Kantchentche died on Monday morning of COVID-19. Minister of Information Gospel Kazako announced the death in a brief statement. He said Kantchetche was an asset for the nation.”

via Nyasa Times

Majority of Africans would take a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine

“A survey conducted by the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), in partnership with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) has shown that a predominant majority (79% average) of respondents in Africa would take a COVID-19 vaccine if it were deemed safe and effective.”

via Africa CDC

The COVID-19 Sex-Disaggregated Data Tracker

“The gender distribution of cases and deaths varies significantly across the AFRO region, and in comparison to global figures. In South Africa, which is home to two-thirds of all confirmed deaths in the region, the number of deaths in men and women is roughly the same. Across the other countries reporting, men account for a much greater proportion (70%) of all deaths.”

via Global Health 50/50

‘No Mask, No Lessons’: COVID-19’s Impact on Access to Education in Rural Malawi

“I personally see children being turned back from school because they have no masks on a daily basis. This is a big stumbling block to their education.”

via COVID-19 Africa Watch