Latest situation, resources and support in Malawi

Information sharing across SMP and MaSP:

We will announce the next Zoom meeting in this series shortly. Keep an eye on our pages for details. 


We have now hosted 8 Covid-19 Zoom meetings.  Feedback reflects that participants in Scotland and Malawi are finding these opportunities to connect to be very useful.  Each one has been attended by up to 90 participants, including SMP members and partners, Scottish and Malawian officials, parliamentarians and MPs, and representatives from bodies such as DFID Malawi.

The meetings have been an opportunity to:

  • listen to our members in Scotland and partners in Malawi,
  • give a clear sense of the impact of the virus in Malawi,
  • share information and updates about who is doing what,
  • support shared learning and future collaborative working,
  • support, promote and connect the various fund-raising appeals,
  • share information about what the SMP is doing so far and explore what more we can do.

The agenda for each meeting is designed around requests and submissions made by members when signing-up for the meeting. 


We were delighted to co-host a special meeting with the Alliance on the 21st May, specifically for operational organisations with grant funding, looking at points of advocacy and the principles of good practice in Covid-19 response. Click here for details.

Over 75 members and key partners joined our 13th May meeting, the third in our series of Zoom calls looking at the impact and response to the Covid-19 crisis in the Scotland-Malawi bilateral relationship. Click Here for the video of the meeting and here for further details.

Our sister organisation, The Malawi Scotland Partnership (MaSP),  held a COVID-19 meeting on 30th April. Over 50 MaSP members convened to share the effects of COVID-19 on operational programming and discuss challenges, experiences and lessons learned.  The successful virtual gathering also heard from MaSP members about their  contingency and business continuity plans, anticipating the status quo being maintained for the foreseeable future.  The minutes from this meeting can be found HERE.

On the 24th of April the SMP hosted a Zoom meeting with over 50 remote attendees, taking an in-depth look at urgent issues around how the Covid-19 pandemic is affecting the Scotland-Malawi relationship.  Individuals and  representatives of organisations joined from Scotland and Malawi. WATCH THE VIDEO OF THE MEETING HERE

On the 31st March we hosted a special Health Forum by Zoom, with around 50 contributors across Scotland, Malawi and beyond, exploring the preparedness for Covid-19 in Malawi (just before the first cases were confirmed). We had detailed updates from the heads of the College of Medicine, the Malawi Scotland Partnership, key civic society individuals and organisations in different regions of Malawi, the Ministry of Health, A&E departments, the Scottish Government and other experts across Malawi, Scotland and the US.   CLICK HERE for details, including written summary and full meeting video.

Further resources including Malawi Government guidelines:

We recommend the MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis, Imperial College London, Covid-19 Malawi Situation Report (20th May, 2020) which has detailed modelling about the likely spread of the virus in Malawi.

With our thanks to SMP member Dr Tracy Morse, we are delighted to share a range of key Covid-19 resources from Malawi.   CLICK HERE to download.

Included here are:

- Government of Malawi official Covid-19 dashboard, updated daily, with all official statistics.

- UN Malawi COVID-19 Update Situation Update No. 19 (Updated on 24th July 2020)

Dashboard on cases and testing for COVID-19 in Malawi : here

-        Government of Malawi / Kuunika mathematical modelling of Covid-19 in Malawi (31 March), quantifying the potential burden of Coronavirus in Malawi  

-        Government of Malawi Ministry of Health Covid-19 public information leaflets in Chichewa and English

-        Government of Malawi Ministry of Health Covid-19 guidance for road traffichospitalshotelschurchesprisonspublic transportshopping centres and banks

-         Government of Malawi Covid-19 guidance for schools

-        Government of Malawi Covid-19 public information video in Chichewa

-        Government of Malawi Ministry of Transport release

-        Covid-19 public health advice and latest guideline posters in Chichewa /handwashing posters in EnglishChichewa and Chitumbuka 

-        Malawi Environmental Health Association (MEHA) Covid-19 summary briefing

-        Tiyamike posters, leaflets and videos in Chichewa about how to sew and wear masks and other PPE in Malawi (we are told this is Malawi Ministry of Health approved) produced by Tiyamike Sewing.

-       African Academy of Sciences - Global Health Security: Covid-19 in Africa has lots of really useful information and resources

We also thank SMP members Ripple Africa for sharing their excellent Coronavirus posters, which all members are welcome to use, in EnglishChichewaChitonga and Tumbuka. Our thanks to Kate James.

And thank you to Tiyamike Sewing for this excellent animated video in Chichewa about how to prevent transmission through social distancing, hand washing etc.

The UK FCO has regularly updated information for UK nationals in Malawi in their Malawi travel advice, including how to return to the UK and support for those staying in Malawi.

Working with our members and partners across Malawi and Scotland, we will continue to share key Malawi Covid-19 resources.  If you have a resource you feel should usefully be shared here, please email info(at)



Free online CPD for health workers:

Horizon Medical Education have produced free online courses aimed at mid-level health workers, in part to combat some of the Covid-19 misinformation which was spreading widely. The courses are audio modules to keep data costs down, they are downloadable so can be listened to without connection and are supported by notes which can also be printed or downloaded. The courses are freely available to all SMP members and their partners in Malawi, following THIS LINK.

Logistical/partner support:

We recognise that the many cancelled trips to Malawi will have significant impact on both Scotland-Malawi links and the Malawi travel and tourism sector.  We are therefore happy to promote the services of the Responsible Safari Company (RSC), who have developed a package of services specifically for Scottish organisations not able to travel to Malawi as planned due to Coronavirus. CLICK HERE for further details. 

Support for UK nationals staying in Malawi:

There is a range of financial support from the government that UK nationals can access if they are unable to return due to coronavirus restrictions.

If you’re in Malawi, and have exhausted all other options to cover essential living costs while you wait to return home, you could apply for an emergency loan for your living costs from the UK government. You can only apply if you normally live in the UK and you cannot return home. This last-resort option is for those most in need, and you would need to repay the loan when you are back in the UK. Apply for an emergency loan.

If you need urgent consular assistance, contact the British High Commission in Lilongwe. All telephone numbers are available 24/7.

Travel to/from Malawi:

Commercial flights to and from Malawi remain very limited. Check with your travel company for the latest information.

The following travel companies are operating scheduled commercial charter flights:

  • Ulendo Travels - Lilongwe to Lusaka and Dar es Salam on a number of dates throughout July and August from where there are onward flights to multiple destinations, including the UK. Interested passengers should call +265 (0) 999-970 700, +256 (0) 888 700 250 or email kisa(at) or harry(at) for further information.

  • Satguru Travels (jointly with Ethiopian Airways) - from Lilongwe to Addis Ababa on or around 4 August (final date tbc) from where there are onward flights to multiple destinations including the UK. Expressions of interest should be made as soon as possible to: mobile number: +265 992 650 650 / +265 992 85 08 50 / +265 888 52 86 59 or email: bharat.tolani(at)

 Further details here


To keep members briefed, we will endeavor to keep this page updated with links to relevant news items regarding the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19) in Malawi. 

We recommend the Government of Malawi official Covid-19 dashboard, updated daily, with all official statistics.

COVID-19 preparedness in Malawi: a national facility-based critical care assessment. The Lancet, 25th May

Malawi's Covid-19 cash transfers almost ready but election fever may prevent lockdown Inter Press Service 11th June

Coronavirus in Malawi Think Global Health, 11th June

Malawi Covid-19 cases rise as citizens return from South Africa Voice of America, 2nd June

Covid-19 cases rise to 101 as Malawi health activists demand institutional quarantine Nyasa Times, 26th May

Malawi politicians ignore Covid-19 measures for elections Voice of America, 19th May

Coronavirus leaves Malawi's health workers facing threats and social stigma The Guardian, 13th May

Malawi Covid-19 cases now 58, Lilongwe remains worst hit Nyasa Times, 12th May

UN in Malawi launches Emergency Appeal for COVID-19 response, VOA, 5th May 

UN Malawi COVID-19 Update Situation Update No. 7 (Updated on 1 May 2020)

 IMF aproves $91 million dollar loan to Malawi for Covid-19 trade balance woes
The New York Times, 3rd May

U.N: 'Covid-19 impact could be 'disastrously high' in Malawi' 
CTGN News Online, 3rd May

Malawi Coronavirus cases rise to 37, new patient in Mzuzu travelled from Tanzania Nyasa Times, 30th April

Malawi's cash handouts and the row about a coronavirus lockdown BBC News, 29th April

Presidential TV Address 'Statement on Coronavirus measures updates' 28th April

Are strict lockdowns suited to populations who live hand to mouth? A closer look at Malawi. [ANALYSIS] Centre for Global Development, 24th April 

Attorney General withdraws challenge against Malawi lockdown injunction Nyasa Times 23rd April 

16 Million Malawians could contract Covid-19, 22nd April

Malawi Records 3rd Covid-19 Death, 22nd April  

Court suspends lockdown in Malawi Financial Times, 18th April

Malawi Police spray teargas as vendors in Limbe-Blantyre vow to disregard lockdown Nyasa Times, 17th April

Hospital staff on coronavirus frontline march to DCs office over protective gear Nyasa Times, 15th April

Malawi announces Coronavirus lockdown Aljazeera,14th April  

Presidential address, outlining national lockdown in Malawi, 14th April: click here to read

Malawi gets IMF debt relief to address impact of Covid-19 crisis  Malawi Times, 14th April 

How is the coronavirus pandemic affecting elections in Africa?  Al Jazeera, 13th April 

 Covid-19 Situation Update No.4, UN Malawi, 10th April

Coronavirus: Malawi president takes 10% pay cutBBC News, 5th April

Coronavirus cases in Malawi rise to five Malawi24, 6th April

'If it comes, it will overwhelm us': Malawi braces for coronavirus The Guardian, 3rd April

CFTC to act against profiteering from Covid-19 crisis as Malawi implements price controls  Nyasa Times, 4th April

Malawi confirms three cases of Coronavirus, President Mutharika calls for calm  Nyasa Times, 2nd April 

Presidential address, outlining national response to Covid-19, 4th April: click here to read

Presidential address, confirming Covid-19 cases in Malawi, 2nd April: click here to read



'Covid on the Breadline' - a video by Picturing Health 

'Africa Difficulties' Covid-19 Malawi Case Study - Dr John Campbell (20 April)

Animated video in Chichewa about how to prevent transmission through social distancing, hand washing etc - by Kenyawi Kids.


The above videos, news items and other media do not necessarily represent the views of the Scotland Malawi Partnership


See also: 

How the SMP is responding

Latest situation and resources in Scotland

Member appeals

Member perspectives