As COVID-19 is officially announced as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO), we can confirm that we are closely monitoring the situation in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
At the point of publication, there are no confirmed cases in our countries of operation, but the pandemic is spreading throughout the continent with a total of 12 countries currently affected. Pandemics generally take longer to reach Africa as it is less interconnected with other regions.The cases in South Africa however, are of great concern due to the extensive amount of trading and movement seen between the country and MicroLoan Foundation’s three countries of operation.
As we know, resources and facilities across Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe are limited. However, the WHO Regional Office for Africa is working closely with national authorities to increase capacity for early detection, as well as taking measures to prevent transmission and contain the virus. This includes training of health workers, screening in airports, community engagement and increasing both laboratory and hospital capacity.
If you would like to find out more information about the spread of COVID-19 across Africa you can do so here.
*Map and data accurate as of 12/03/2020.