Scottish Government supports access to COVID-19 vaccines in Malawi

11 February 2022
Mphatso Elisa, has a chance to get vaccinated on her way to the mosque
UNICEF Malawi/2021/Atlas Productions
Mphatso Elisa, has a chance to get vaccinated on her way to the mosque

11 February 2022 - UNICEF Malawi is to receive £500,000 from the Scottish Government to support equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics.

Funds will support both the COVID-19 vaccination programme and strengthening of the country’s health system, through the provision of equipment, resources and technical support in response to the pandemic.

The donation to UNICEF Malawi is part of a wider donation of £1.5 million, made by the Scottish Government to UNICEF, to support access to COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics in three African countries; Malawi, Rwanda and Zambia.

The funding will help to strengthen Malawi’s national health system through supporting the provision of oxygen supplies and procuring oxygen generation plants – initiatives that will create a sustained impact for both the COVID-19 response, and the treatment of respiratory illnesses for years to come.

The donation will also enable UNICEF Malawi to provide information about, and build confidence and acceptance of, the COVID-19 vaccines at community level – a vital part of the programme which could reach 5.36 million people in total.

Antoinette Eleonore Ba, UNICEF Health Specialist for Eastern and Southern Africa, said:

“Countries in Eastern and Southern Africa have made great strides in tackling the pandemic, but there is still much more work to be done to support the operational planning and logistics of COVID-19 vaccine roll outs. Scottish Government funding will provide valuable support for UNICEF’s response in Malawi, Rwanda and Zambia, including making sure communities have the information they need to access vaccines, providing supplies such as syringes for administering the vaccines and increasing cold chain capacity and oxygen provision – all key interventions that will strengthen health systems in the three countries to both help save lives now and in the future.”

Minister for International Development Neil Gray said:

“The COVID-19 pandemic remains one of the greatest challenges of our time. It is a disease that does not recognise nations or borders, and we are well aware of the inequity in the access to COVID-19 vaccines across the world.

“This partnership with UNICEF will allow us to support our partner country governments in Malawi, Zambia and Rwanda in their COVID-19 response, and will go some way to addressing vaccine inequity in Africa.

“By working together on this shared challenge and helping to support equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines and treatments in our partner countries', this funding also underlines this government’s commitment to international solidarity and to fulfilling its role as a responsible and compassionate global citizen.”


Notes to editors

  • In December 2020, the Scottish Government provided UNICEF with a grant of £2 million to assist with their support of African governments’ COVID-19 response
  • The grant ensured that the Scottish Government could support Malawi, Zambia and Rwanda to implement their COVID-19 national response plans  
  • The funds were also used to help the governments of Malawi, Zambia and Rwanda prepare for the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccinations
  • UNICEF is an existing partner of the Governments of Malawi, Zambia and Rwanda, and has supported the supply and management of vaccines and the routine immunisation programmes for decades

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