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Preparedness, surveillance and response

New cholera outbreak flares up in Malawi

Malawi health officials reported a new cholera outbreak in Nsanje district in the southern part of Malawi. As of March 24th there were 14 cases recorded and no deaths so far. Nsanje district shares a common border with Mozambique  

March 27, 2017
Outbreak News Today

Malawi: Cholera Hits Malawi in Areas Close to Mozambique - Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health said ‘it has received reports of a cholera outbreak in Mozambican communities neighbouring Malaw’ in places such as as Moatize in Tete, which is popular for cross border shopping and business’

March 13, 2017
allafrica.com, Times Malawi, Maravi Post, Capital Radio Malawi

No malaria drugs in Malawi’s hospitals

Malawi24 reports that ‘despite the fact that malaria accounts for 6.81% of deaths in the country, public hospitals have run out of drugs that treat the disease’ (

March 9, 2017
Malawi24, Africa News, AllAfrica.com

Communicable diseases

Nsanje children scrambling for integrated Measles Rubella vaccine

A campaign which is underway across Malawi, aiming to reduce measles and rubella incidents, is targeting children born after the previous measles campaign, vaccinating those who were missed during routine immunization, covering children inadequately covered by routine immunization and vaccinating those who never had measles-rubella vaccine

June 16, 2017
Nyasa Times

Ghana, Kenya and Malawi to pilot GSK malaria vaccine from 2018

Ghana, Kenya and Malawi will pilot the world’s first malaria vaccine from 2018, offering it for babies and children in high-risk areas as part of real-life trials, the World Health Organization said. In clinical trials it proved only partially effective, and it needs to be given in a four-dose schedule, but it is the first regulator approved vaccine against the mosquito-borne disease

April 24, 2017
Reuters, BBC, AlJazeera, Deutsche Welle
April 26, 2017
CNN Health
April 24, 2017
Quartz, Telegraph, IFLScience

Malawi urged to ban cheap super-strong liquor destroying young lives

A draft alcohol policy drawn up by the Ministry of Health and NGOs, which includes recommendations to restrict young people’s access to alcohol, was presented to the Malawi cabinet for approval in 2015, but has still not been adopted. Drug Fight Malawi, a group campaigning for tougher controls, said it believes the drinks industry had intervened to block the policy. The government said it could not comment on the delay but agreed alcohol was having a negative impact on development

March 30, 2017
Reuters, Times Live