Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

How UNICEF and partners are helping in Malawi

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UNICEF and its partners are on the ground to respond to COVID-19 in Malawi

In just a few months, Corona virus disease or COVID-19 has upended the lives of children around the world. Hundreds of millions are not in school. Parents and caregivers have lost their jobs. Borders have been closed.

In Malawi, as of 20h May, there are now 101 confirmed cases and 4 deaths (Source: The Ministry of Health's website

UNICEF is supporting the Government of Malawi to support and strengthen its COVID -19 national preparedness and response activities in the country. 

UNICEF is also working with the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator, WHO, UN Agencies, and other development partners to ensure preventative actions in communities across Malawi with risk communication, providing hand washing supplies, hygiene and medical kits to health facilities and monitoring the impact of the outbreak to support continuity of care, education and social services.  We are engaging media and stakeholders to tackle misinformation so that children, pregnant women and their families know how to prevent COVID-19.

Stay informed, Stay Safe

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, wash your hands frequently with soap and water.

Physical distancing is crucial for preventing the spread of the corona virus disease. 

Look for reliable information on COVID-19 through UNICEF or World Health Organization.

If you are feeling unwell with COVID-19 symptoms, stay home and call National COVID-19 Hotline: 54747. 

What you need to know about the virus to protect you and your family

Everyone is talking about coronavirus disease (COVID-19), and everywhere you look there’s information on the virus and how to protect yourself from it. Knowing the facts is key to being properly prepared and protecting yourself and your loved ones. Sadly, there’s a lot of information out there that is incorrect. Misinformation during a health crisis leaves people unprotected and vulnerable to the disease and spreads fear and stigmatization.

Be sure to get your facts from reliable sources, like UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO). UNICEF is working with global health experts around the clock to provide accurate information. Information you can trust is grounded in the latest scientific evidence.

We’ll continue to provide the latest updatesexplainers for parents and teachers, and resources for media as new information becomes available, so check back to stay informed of the best ways to protect yourself and your family.

Please help us fight misinformation about COVID-19. Share this information with your family, friends and colleagues to help ensure people have the facts about COVID-19 and can protect their health.