A Coordinated Response to Coronavirus

The UN Secretary-General urged all countries to take a comprehensive approach tailored to their circumstances.

On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) characterized the coronavirus (COVID-19) viral disease a pandemic, but it is a pandemic that can be controlled. Coronavirus (COVID-19) is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus.  

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who heads the UN agency, said, in his statement, “Let me be clear: describing this as a pandemic does not mean that countries should give up.”  

The UN Secretary-General urged all countries to take a comprehensive approach tailored to their circumstances – with containment as the central pillar. COVID-19 is affecting millions of people, impacting countries’ health systems and having widespread social and economic effects. The UN entities working on development, the United Nations Sustainable Development Group, are supporting countries in their preparedness and response plans.

This page convenes sources of information and guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations (UN) regarding the current outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). 

WHO is working closely with global experts, governments and partners to track the spread and to provide guidance to countries and individuals on measures to protect health and prevent the spread of this outbreak.

    Covid-19 Response in Malawi

    The UN is providing decisive and coordinated support to Government efforts, together with development partners and non-government organizations, to strengthen the ability of Malawian institutions to respond to the COVID-19 crisis and ensure that no one is left behind. Technical advice provided by WHO has been critical to the design of Malawi’s national COVID-19 health sector plan, including establishing laboratory testing capacity and training public health specialists.

    Key moments on Covid-19 response in Malawi

    Guidance on Covid-19 response in Malawi

    Covid-19 situation reports and updates for Malawi

    Covid-19 platforms in Malawi

      General guidance on Covid-19

      Covid-19 and leaving no one behind

      Covid-19 Research and Development

      Global research on coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

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      Alinafe Nhlane, a subsistence farmer, washes her hands at a cash distribution site. She is one of nearly 350,000 people who have received emergency cash payments for food.
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