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World Health Organization (WHO) Validates Malawi for Eliminating Trachoma, First Country in Southern Africa

Malawi has been known to be endemic for trachoma since the 1980s

World Health Organization (WHO) has validated Malawi as having eliminated trachoma—a bacterial eye infection that can cause irreversible blindness if untreated—as a public health problem. Malawi becomes the first country in southern Africa and the fifth in Africa to achieve this significant milestone. “Malawi’s achievement is life-changing for millions of…

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World Health Organization (WHO) Malawi Country Office holds a 2022 Staff Retreat

During the retreat, staff were updated on WHO’s Transformation Agenda

The World Health Organization (WHO) Malawi Country Office’s (WCO) team of 64 staff members converged in the lakeshore district of Mangochi from 10 to 15 August 2022 for a staff retreat. The main aim of the retreat was to review their performances since the beginning of the year with a…

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WHO Malawi country office welcomes a new country representative

Dr Neema Rusibamayila Kimambo is a senior public health specialist and pediatrician with 25 years of excellent achievements both in Tanzania and internationally

The World Health Organization (WHO) Malawi Country Office has a new representative, Dr Neema Rusibamayila Kimambo. The new WHO country representative has officially assumed duties in Malawi on 1 June 2022 with the presentation of her letters of commission to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Honorable Nancy Tembo. The presentation…

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Mozambique confirms wild poliovirus case

The virus was found in a child who began experiencing onset of paralysis in late March

Health authorities in Mozambique today declared an outbreak of wild poliovirus type 1 after confirming that a child in the country’s north-eastern Tete province had contracted the disease. This marks the second imported case of wild poliovirus in southern Africa this year, following an outbreak in Malawi in mid-February. So…

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Malawi Intensifies Response After Wild Poliovirus Detected

An immediate-response public awareness campaign has been launched by the Ministry of Health and partners to alert the public of the outbreak

Polio emergency response teams in Malawi are ramping up disease surveillance and deepening investigations after the country detected a case of wild poliovirus—the first of its kind in Africa since 2016. Determining the extent of the risk and searching for any further cases are among the crucial steps for an…

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Malawi declares polio outbreak

Laboratory analysis shows that the strain detected in Malawi is linked to the one that has been circulating in Sindh Province in Pakistan

The health authorities in Malawi have declared an outbreak of wild poliovirus type 1 after a case was detected in a young child in the capital Lilongwe. This is the first case of wild poliovirus in Africa in more than five years. Africa was declared free of indigenous wild polio…

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WHO Malawi holds a consultation meeting with the Ministry of Health to plan for 2022-2023 biennium

The aim of the meeting was to align country priority areas with WHO workplans for 2022-2023 programme budget

World Health Organization Malawi Country Office (WCO) held a consultation meeting with Ministry of Health on 26th November 2021 at Sunbird Hotel in Blantyre to plan for a new biennium. The aim of the meeting was to align country priority areas with WHO workplans for 2022-2023 programme budget. The WHO planning…

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Coronavirus - Malawi: WHO emergency teams learning and supporting in Malawi

They are part of one of the first multidisciplinary teams of specialists being deployed by WHO’s Africa Regional Office to help about 15 countries that are struggling to achieve the 10% vaccine coverage target now

With Malawi’s top-level leadership fully committed to addressing bottlenecks that are hampering the country’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout, WHO’s emergency ‘surge’ team is on the ground, supporting the national initiative. WHO consultant Zora Machekanyanga travelled from Zimbabwe last week to join team leader Dr Charles Byabamazima and Dr Caroline Ryan.  They…

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WHO Malawi Donates Industrial Electric Cooking Pots and ICT Equipment to Balaka District Hospital

The Deputy Minister of Health Honorable Chrissy Kalamula Kanyasho received the donation from WHO Representative for Malawi

The World Health Organization (WHO) Malawi Country Office has handed over industrial electric cooking pots worthy over US$20 000 to Balaka District Hospital. The donation has been made following the fire that gutted the hospital’s kitchen, laundry and administration blocks in July 2020. WHO made the donation as part of its commitment to…

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Coronavirus - Africa: COVAX expects to start sending millions of COVID-19 vaccines to Africa in February

The roll-out of the AstraZeneca/Oxford AZD1222 vaccine is subject to the vaccine being listed for emergency use by WHO

COVAX has notified countries in Africa of the estimated dose allocation for the first phase of COVID-19 vaccine delivery. The global initiative led by the World Health Organization (WHO), Gavi the Vaccine Alliance and The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) aims to start shipping nearly 90 million COVID-19 vaccine…