Like many sub- saharan countries Malawi is continually fighting against disease whether it be the ever present malaria or more recently, as the rest of the world, coronavirus. At the end of December there had been a total of 6000 cases in Malawi but by the end of January the number of cases had quadrupled bringing the total to 23953. This sudden increase is thought to be due to the emergence of the highly transmissible South African variant.
The already overburdened health service is stretched, there are no vaccines available, not even for doctors and other healthcare workers, and many of them are succumbing to the disease. Medicine sans Frontiere (MSF) is appealing for only 40,000 vaccines to secure the well-being of health service frontline workers and thereby keeping the health service operational.
To read more about this difficult situation click on the link below to a CN news report