Malawi Cholera Response Flash Update - 20 to 26 February 2023

Responding to Cholera in Malawi

A child admitted at area 18 Cholera Treatment Camp
UNICEF Homeline Media 2023


  • As of February 26th, 48,815 cholera cases and 1,5471 deaths have been registered in Malawi. 12,293 children's cases and 203 deaths among children were reported cumulatively as of February 19th, 2023.
  • 3,031 new cases and 79 new deaths were reported during the reporting week. There were 3204 cases and 84 deaths in the previous week. In terms of children, there were 251 new cases and six deaths compared to the previous week’s update.
  • The cumulative Case Fatality Rate (CFR) stands at 3.17 per cent, with the highest CFR of 5.17 per cent in Lilongwe and the lowest CFR in the Mzimba North District at 0.42 per cent.
  • UNICEF distributed WASH supplies, including plastic buckets, soap, water purification tablets, mobile plastic latrines, and chlorine bleaching powder, reaching 4,000 people at the Malawi-Zambian Border.
  • UNICEF prioritized six districts based on consistently high caseload and mortality, and their names are Lilongwe, Mangochi, Blantyre, Balaka, Salima, and Machinga, for more coordinated support.
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