Over the years, Malawi has suffered the repercussions of floods, drought and dry spells that have negatively affected families and left inadequate food for children in so many households. While dealing with this problem, Malawi in 2020 had also been hit hard by Covid-19, a global pandemic that has subsequently spread to all districts in the country. Because this virus is spreading at a faster rate and has claimed a lot of lives in a very short time, there has been a critical need to prepare the nation in rapidly detecting and effectively responding to Covid. As one way of alleviating the dreadful effects of the emergency at hand and to stop the further spread of the virus, Save the Children is leading a consortium of International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs) targeting vulnerable and at risk districts to manage the devastating effects of the pandemic.
Our humanitarian response aims at reducing the spread of Covid-19 by strengthening health facilities, improving access to WASH facilities, supporting national, district and community preparedness and response; ensuring rapid response to protect lives and livelihoods. We are equipping hospitals with assorted Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) and constantly building capacity to health care workers. We are helping hospitals and health centers by donating medical supplies such as oxygen cylinders, Oxygen concentrators, hospital bed mattresses, assorted PPEs and WASH supplies in order to keep patients and caregivers safe at all possible times. We are also training Area Civil Protection Committees (ACPC) to assist in Covid-19 management in communities and disaster preparedness.