UNICEF Statement on its Support to the National COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan in Malawi
Lilongwe, 24 March 2020 – “UNICEF has been preparing and responding to the epidemic of COVID-19 around the world, knowing that the virus could spread to children and families in any country or community.
“There are no confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Malawi to date. UNICEF is supporting the Government of Malawi, through the provision of financial support and technical guidance, to strengthen its COVID-19 prevention and preparedness measures and activities in the country.
“All health-related activities including orientations, training, strengthening screening at all points of entry, diagnostic services for COVID-19 are being carried out by the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP). UNICEF is supporting the government and partners in the country to respond to the national COVID-19 preparedness plan approved by the national health cluster led by the MoHP.
“UNICEF is also working with development partners, the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator, WHO and other UN agencies to strengthen the health cluster coordination platform, risk communication and tackle misinformation so that children, pregnant women and their families know how to prevent COVID-19.
“All action undertaken by UNICEF are in support of government-led efforts. UNICEF is not in a position to address individual requests and queries. All questions related to COVID-19 national preparedness and prevention in Malawi must be directed to the Ministry of Health and Population or other relevant line Ministries.
“We will continue working with the government and our partners to prevent and prepare for COVID 19 and keep children and their families safe.”
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
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