UN Malawi COVID-19 Update Situation Update No. 8 (Updated on 8 May 2020)

Situation Report
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  • Malawi in a declared State of Disaster
  • Court injunction against 21 - day lockdown still stands
  • Prevention and response measures are being implemented
  • Government, UN, NGO and Partner coordination structures in place
  • COVID 19 National Information Dashboard run by Ministry of Health


  • The President appointed members of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.
    The Task force is now co-chaired by Dr. John Phuka from the University of Malawi (College of Medicine) and the Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development reporting directly to the President. The Taskforce also includes Ministers of other key ministries, professionals from public and private sectors, academia, the leader of the Opposition, the Chairperson of the Public Affairs Committee, the Chairperson of the Malawi Human Rights Commission, a senior chief and CSOs.

  • A UN Task Force on COVID-19 is directing the UN response, with WHO as the technical lead and the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office (UNRCO) ensuring coordination and coherence.

  • The Humanitarian Country Team in Malawi launched an Emergency Appeal onth May that brings together the United Nations and non-governmental organisations immediate response to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak in the country.

  • The Appeal urgently seeks US$139.2 million emergency funding for UN agencies and NGOs to support Malawi Government’s preparedness and response efforts for the next six months from May to October 2020, targeting 7.5 million people.
    This will complement the National Covid-19 Preparedness and Response Plan launched on 8th April.

  • The Flash Appeal also includes an $850,000 ask for the UN to provide logistics coordination, common services and information management, in support of the Government’s national response plan

  • A calendar of meetings, group mailing lists, a repository to store and share information and a 5W interactive dashboard providing information on all actors responding to the COVID-19 response is available and supported by the RCO.