What is the COVID-19 pandemic?

Since emerging in China in December 2019, the COVID-19 virus has spread throughout the world including Europe, America and Africa – where cases have been rising daily and many people have sadly died.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) officially declared the COVID-19 outbreak as a pandemic on 11 March 2020. Apart from being a health crisis, the disease has also caused businesses to shut and many people to lose jobs and income – creating unprecedented economic and social pressure.

The situation in Malawi: a timeline

WaterAid Malawi’s response to COVID-19

We are supporting the efforts of the government in the fight against COVID-19. The response has mainly focussed on preventative measures, aimed at stopping the fast spread of the disease in the country.

We are collaborating with stakeholders including the Ministry of Health and Population, Lilongwe City Assembly, the District Health Offices in Dowa, Kasungu, Ntchisi, Zomba and Machinga, and their partners.

So far, we have done the following:

Our work in action

Our team has been working hard to distribute supplies and messages about good hygiene across seven regions of Malawi.