World Health Organization
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Malawi had her first COVID-19 case on 2nd April 2020 and the CFR of 3.07. The COVID-19 vaccination started on 11 March 2021 inaugurated by His Excellency President of Malawi. Several strategies have been deployed so far including regular routine vaccination in fixed vaccination sites, Covid-19 vaccination express, Finish-A-Vial (FAV) campaign, house-to-house visit, mobile vaccination clinics are few of them to reach remotest population in country. The country is planning to conduct a national wide campaign to reach this wide age category complemented by use of outreach and mobile clinics and static health as part of routine immunization service delivery. The Malawi COVID-19 Vaccine deployment plan is aimed to contribute to the reduction of COVID-19 morbidity and mortality through an efficient and effective vaccination program. In Malawi, front line health workers and social workers, individuals with comorbidities and elderly population have been given priority to benefit from the vaccine. However, the country remained to be among of the 34 priority countries with low COVID-19 vaccination coverage with a COVID-19 vaccination coverage of 9.7% by 31 July 2022.
The existing EPI staff in WCO have been repurposed for wild poliovirus, cholera and COVID-19 outbreak activities on top of their usual duties putting a strain on the staff and affecting delivery of other key EPI programme outputs. The COVID-19 vaccination rollout remained important in reaching the NDVP milestones. On the other hand, the Ministry of Health needs support for the COVID-19 vaccination programme implementation. Strong coordination and planning at the national level is crucial in view of vaccine supply issues which necessitate continuous review of vaccination strategy including targeting of beneficiaries and technical guidance to the districts. WHO continues to play a key role in supporting government’s resource mobilization efforts. In addition to the existing EPI staff in WCO, there is therefore need for an additional staff who is conversant with the Malawi immunization and vaccine safety surveillance system. Beefing up the WCO team would assist to ease the high workload to support the MOH.
Duties and Responsibilities
Method of Application
Demonstrated knowledge of public health field work in the area of Extended Programme of Immunization.
Languages and level required
Advanced English and local language in the area of assignment