The health policy response to COVID-19 in Malawi
24 April 2021

Health policies inform decisions regarding population health and determine how they will be implemented, covering issues from primary healthcare to health emergencies, Malawi declared a state of national disaster due to the COVID-19 pandemic on 20th March 2020 and registered its first confirmed coronavirus case on the 2 April 2020. The aim of this paper was to document policy decisions made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic from January to August 2020; Malawi used a multi sectoral approach to address health and socioeconomic aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic and findings show there is need to revise the Malawi public health act to reflect the current evidence on epidemic response, and to support frameworks that strengthen surveillance, health infrastructure and health information systems to manage the current and future epidemics.

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Authors: Grace W Mzumara, Marlen Chawani, Melody Sakala, Lily Mwandira, Elias Phiri, Edith Milanzi, Mphatso Dennis Phiri, Isabel Kazanga, Thomasena O’Byrne, Eliya M Zulu, Titus Divala, Pui-Ying Iroh Tam, Collins Mitambo, Bertie Squire

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