As the number of confirmed coronavirus cases rises in Malawi, Concern is ramping up its response to stop the spread of the virus and save lives.
With just 25 intensive care unit beds and 20 ventilators in a country of more than 17 million people, there are fears that the health system may not cope if the number of cases increases rapidly.
It is vital that Concern does all it can to limit the spread of the virus in vulnerable rural communities and poor, densely populated urban areas.
But we need your help to reach more people.
Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world, with over half the population living below the poverty line. Cyclones, drought, flooding and severe storms have had a devastating impact on rural communities plunging them deep into poverty. The country also has one of the highest HIV rates in the world – with around one million people living with disease.
Our teams are helping vulnerable communities by:
- Working with the government of Malawi to train healthcare workers on coronavirus prevention and supporting its public information radio campaign
- Equipping healthcare workers with personal protection equipment
- Providing health centres with hygiene equipment and information leaflets and posters
- Adapting our livelihoods programme to reduce close contact between people, by limiting the size of gatherings and promoting hand washing before and after activities
- Distributing coronavirus prevention information in all our programme activities
We must act now to save lives and stop the spread of the disease.
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