The Republic of South Korea grants US$ 200,000 to UNICEF to support the Cholera outbreak response in Malawi

15 February 2023
A patient being treated at Area 18 Health Centre
UNICEF Homeline Media 2023
A patient being treated at Area 18 Health Centre

LILONGWE, 15 February 2023 – The Government of the Republic of Korea has granted UNICEF US$ 200,000 emergency assistance to support Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH), Health, and Social Behaviour Change services in response to the cholera outbreak in Malawi.

Malawi is experiencing its worst cholera outbreak in decades while also struggling to respond to Polio and COVID. As of 14 February 2023, 43,434 cases and 1,412 deaths have been registered since the first case was reported a year ago, with a high case fatality rate of 3.25 per cent[1] affecting all 29 districts across Malawi. With more than 11,000 children already involved and about 184 young lives lost, the spread of the cholera outbreak threatens the health and survival of children in Malawi.

The grant from the Republic of Korea will help ensure access to safe water and hygiene for 5,000 people, health care facilities and the availability of oral rehydration points in cholera treatment units and 40 highly affected communities in Salima and Balaka districts. The funding also aims to reach 300,000 people on cholera awareness and prevention through Risk, Communication, and Community Engagement (RCCE) actions.


[1]  The standard threshold of CFR is below 1 per cent.

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