Covid-19 in Scotland and Malawi (Zoom Meeting 3)

13 May 2020

Over 75 SMP members, and partners and experts in Malawi, joined this, the third in our series of Zoom meetings looking at the impact and response to the Covid-19 crisis in the Scotland-Malawi bilateral relationship. 

This page will be updated in the coming days with a summary of the meeting, and you can watch the video by clicking here:

Wednesday 13th May, 2020

1-3pm UK time (2-4pm Malawi time)

As with our previous meetings in this series, this meeting looked at both the operational and financial impact of Covid-19 on our members in Scotland, and the impact and spread of Covid-19 in Malawi.

The meeting:

  • listened to our members in Scotland and partners in Malawi,
  • gave a clear sense of the impact of the virus in Malawi,
  • shared information and updates about who is doing what,
  • supported shared learning and future collaborative working,
  • supported, promoted and connected the various fund-raising appeals,
  • shared information about what the SMP is doing so far and explore if there is more our network should be doing
  • agreed a set of broad principles which should guide the work of: networks like ours, NGOs and other members, funders and government.

In signing up to the meeting, members were able to propose agenda items and principles of best practice for discussion.


The meeting was split into two parts:

Part 1 (1-2pm UK time / 2-3pm Malawi time):Support and engagement of SMP members in Scotland:

This section briefed and engaged members and partners on what the SMP has done in six key areas identified in the last meeting:

  • How best to share key resources and information?
  • How to support youth and schools links through covid-19?
  • How to support 2020 trips that have been cancelled and postponed?
  • How best to mobilise the potential in faith-based links/networks?
  • What are the priorities of our partners in Malawi (MaSP members)?
  • What are the key principles of engagement the SMP should be advocating?

This section also offered time for input and suggestions on what else the SMP should be doing to support members.

Part 2 (2-3pm UK time / 3-4pm Malawi time): Covid-19 in Malawi:

This section briefed members on the situation in Malawi, listening to the Government of Malawi, the College of Medicine and other key stakeholders actively involved in the Malawian Covid-19 response.  We had time to understand and discuss the complex political and constitutional context which may affect Malawi’s covid-19 response. 

We had specific discussions on two key areas highlighted by members: Personal Protective Equipment in Malawi (where to source, how to improvise, etc), and the challenge of central messaging to rural and remote areas.  We had updates from the fundraising appeals and operational updates from other organisations.  There was also open Q&A time and clearly agreed next steps for the SMP.



Part 1: Support and engagement of SMP members in Scotland:

UK Time

Malawi Time



13.00 – 13.05

14.00 – 14.05

Introduction and welcome:

Agenda, aims and Zoom admin

Stuart Brown

13.05 – 13.10

14.05 – 14.10

SMP support to date and resources available:

Summarise the SMP’s work and screen share highlighting key resources

David Hope-Jones

13.10 – 13.25

14.10 – 14.25


All participants can introduce selves and summarise priorities/needs.  

Stuart Brown

13.25 – 13.30

14.25 – 14.30

Youth and Schools, and support for cancelled trips:

Update from working group: Summary of SMP covid support for youth & schools, and connecting cancelled/protponed trips. Including brief Q&A

Gemma Burnside

13.30 – 13.35

14.30 – 14.35

Faith links:

Update from working group: Summary of SMP covid support connecting faith-based links responding to Covid. Including brief Q&A

David Hope-Jones & Eve Hartswood

13.35 – 13.40

14.35 – 14.40

Malawi Scotland Partnership (MaSP):

Update from MaSP on its work supporting Malawian organisations with Scottish links respond to Covid-19. Including brief Q&A

Vera Kamtukule

13.40 – 13.50

14.40 – 14.50

Advocacy / Principles of Engagement:

Update on advocacy work.  Agreement of Covid principles of engagement for NGOs, CBOs, FBOs and funders, for internal and external advocacy

David Hope-Jones

13.50 – 14.00

14.50 – 15.00

Other member priorities/questions/requests for SMP:

Open time for questions, comments and requests: understanding members’ needs and priorities; what more SMP should be doing

David Hope-Jones


 Part 2: Covid-19 in Malawi:

UK Time

Malawi Time



14.00 – 14.05

15.00 – 15.05

Introduction, welcome and networking:

Agenda and aims for part two; Zoom admin; and intros for those joining

Stuart Brown

14.05 – 14.10

15.05 – 15.10

Government of Malawi: Overview of situation in Malawi:

Summary of the actions and priorities from the Ministry of Health

Ministry of Health

14.10 – 14.15

15.10 – 15.15

College of Medicine: Overview of situation in Malawi:

Summary of the actions and priorities from CoM and other key orgs

College of Medicine

14.15 – 14.20

15.15 – 15.20

Core Working Group: Overview of situation in Malawi:

Summary of the actions and priorities from the Ministry of Health

Core Work Group

14.20 – 14.25

15.20 – 15.25

Political situation in Malawi:

Quick briefing on the political situation and how affects covid response

Vera Kamtukule

14.25 – 14.30

15.25 – 15.30

Personal protective Equipment (PPE):

Discussion, Q&A and planning on topics around messaging & compliance

Stuart Brown

14.30 – 14.35

15.30 – 15.35

Messaging and compliance in rural areas:

Discussion, Q&A and planning on topics around messaging & compliance

Stuart Brown

14.35 – 14.40

15.35 – 15.40

Fundraising appeals:

Updates from the appeals promoted by the SMP: sharing learning

Any appeal

14.40 – 14.45

15.40 – 15.45

Other operational updates:

Operational updates and sharing from any other organisation

Any organisation

14.45 – 14.55

15.45 – 15.55

Open Q&A and discussion:

Open Q&A/discussion around Covid-19 in Malawi

Stuart Brown

14.55 – 15.00


Summary of meeting and next steps:

Summary of key points and agreement on next steps, responsibilities, etc.

David Hope-Jones


We have full details, including video recordings, of our past meetings in this series:

  • Click here for details of 24th April meeting
  • Click here for details of 31st March meeting