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Five reasons why Covid-19 has been less deadly in Africa than elsewhere

October 8th, 2020

BBC News on Covid-19 in Africa
From The BBC:

Many African countries have been praised for waging an effective campaign to combat the spread of coronavirus despite their reputation for having fragile state heath systems.

The continent, which has a population of more than one billion, has had about 1.5 million cases, according to data compiled by the John Hopkins University.

These figures are far lower than those in Europe, Asia or the Americas, with reported cases continuing to decline.

Africa has recorded about 37,000 deaths, compared with roughly 580,000 in the Americas, 230,000 in Europe, and 205,000 in Asia.

“The case-fatality ratio (CFR) for Covid-19 in Africa is lower than the global CFR, suggesting the outcomes have been less severe among African populations,” noted a recent continental study by Partnership for Evidence-based Response to Covid-19 (PERC), which brings together a number of private and public organisations.

Low testing rates continue to undermine the continental response however, there is no indication that a large number of Covid-19 deaths have been missed, said Dr John Nkengasong, the head of Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC).

So what are some of the reasons for Africa’s relatively low death rate? READ THE STORY HERE:

Covid-19 Care Packs Ready To Go

July 7th, 2020

Some of our locally-made Covid-19 community care packs ready for distribution to people who are part of TT WAG Malawi outreach programs. Everyone will receive a hand-sewn face mask and soap in a neat little net bag, which makes it easier to keep safe and use. It’s about affording people a degree of protection and recognising them as individuals, showing someone cares. It’s small scale against the coronavirus problem (as well as Malawi’s many other challenges around poverty and health), but we know it means something to the recipients. Thanks to Lynn for organising the making, packing and dispatching.

TT Community Care Packs

TT Covid-19 poster, mask and soap

TT Covid-19 Protection Poster

Small Steps Count

June 12th, 2020

Face masks and soap

One of the motivations for setting up the Tuesday Trust was the realisation even relatively small actions could have big impacts for people in Malawi. We operate on a micro scale, but thanks to the kind generosity of our supporters, sponsors and friends, we know that TT can still change outcomes for the better, whether it’s for an isolated village, a local school, a family or simply one person. So it is with arranging to have face masks made and distributed along with soap, and posters put up to help give people an opportunity stay safe from coronavirus.

Making face masks

Distribution station at Ndi Moyo

Just the Beginning for Malawi but it’s Scary

April 27th, 2020

Lynn Clifford with her latest eyewitness account on how one of the world’s poorest countries is reacting to the threat of Covid-19. There’s scant awareness and very limited medical resources. But as ever, a sense of community shines through with colourful, homemade, washable face masks and efforts to spread information. Still, as Lynn says, it’s scary.

Lynn is Field Manager with WAG Malawi

Irish Embassy in Malawi Doing Us Proud

April 13th, 2020

Lynn Clifford gives us another frontline report on how Malawi is facing into Covid-19, and particularly how the Irish Ambassador in Malawi, Gerry Cunningham and his embassy staff there are keeping the channels of communication open, unlike many others.

“… As an Irish citizen away from home, we’ve had the most incredible communications and support from our Irish embassy.”

Embassy of Ireland, Malawi
Twitter: @IrlEmbMalawi

Last Flights from Malawi

April 3rd, 2020

Listen as Lynn reflects that the Covid-19 suspension of flights from Malawi on Mar 30 means, for the first time, she has no way home to Ireland.

“Today, the last flights leave Malawi. it has a very strange feel that for the first time, I’ve traveled a lot and been in a lot of countries, I’ve seen wars and all sorts of things in troubles in countries, but I’ve always had the option to go home. As of today, whatever happens, there is no way home. No way out. It’s daunting, if you think too much about it, but life must go on… The sun is shining, the birds are singing. It’s beautiful and hot here today. There’s been lots of elephants around. So life goes on. Here, anyway.” - LYNN CLIFFORD

On the Ground in Malawi with Lynn Clifford during Covid-19

March 31st, 2020

Our friend and colleague, Lynn Clifford gives a quick eye witness account of how Malawi is dealing with the coronavirus and Covid-19 - or not. We wish her and everyone else there the very best in these even more challenging times. Take care.

The Climate is No Shield Against the Coronavirus

March 27th, 2020

Unfortunately, according to WHO, COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in all areas, regardless of the local climate.

WHO Myth Busting on Covid-19

From the evidence so far, the COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in ALL AREAS, including areas with hot and humid weather. Regardless of climate, adopt protective measures if you live in, or travel to an area reporting COVID-19. The best way to protect yourself against COVID-19 is by frequently cleaning your hands. By doing this you eliminate viruses that may be on your hands and avoid infection that could occur by then touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.

Malawi Declares Covid-19 National Disaster

March 25th, 2020

Malawi Declares National Emergency

“As coronavirus infections in most countries worldwide continues to soar by the thousands daily, there has not been any confirmed Covid-19 case in Malawi so far. Despite this the country’s president Peter Mutharika declared coronavirus a national disaster as a measure to prevent cases of the virus in the country.”

By Rabson Kondowe


Read the rest here on Quartz Africa.

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Malawi Decriminalises Cannabis for Medicinal Purposes

March 4th, 2020

Malawi decriminalises cannabis from The Guardian newspaper.
The Guardian, 28 Feb, 2020

Desperate times can call for desperate measures. Malawi has passed a bill decriminalising cannabis for medicinal and industrial purposes, almost five years after a motion to legalise industrial hemp was adopted. The country follows in the footsteps of Zimbabwe, Zambia and Lesotho, neighbouring south-east African states that have legalised medicinal cannabis, as well as South Africa, where medicinal and recreational use was decriminalised in 2018.

Agriculture offers employment to nearly 80% of Malawi’s population. Tobacco is the country’s major export, and the global decline in its use has impacted the economy. Malawi’s tobacco industry is also marred by exploitation, as international companies such as British American Tobacco have sought cheap labour – including child labour – and low tariffs on raw tobacco for export. Cannabis, which can thrive in dry conditions, is a good fit for Malawi’s climate, which has been impacted by the southern African drought.

- from The Guardian, read the rest here.

In Chichewa, cannabis is locally known as chamba and is grown mainly in central and northern regions like Mzuzu. Malawian cannabis, particularly the strain known as Malawi Gold, is internationally renowned as one of the finest sativa strains from Africa. According to a World Bank report it is among “the best and finest” marijuana strains in the world, generally regarded as one of the most potent psychoactive pure African sativas. The popularity of this variety has led to such a profound increase in marijuana tourism and economic profit in Malawi that Malawi Gold is listed as one of the three “Big C’s” in Malawian exports: chambo (Tilapia fish), chombe (tea), and chamba (cannabis).