{Photo credit Rejoice Phiri/MSH}Photo credit Rejoice Phiri/MSH

As Malawi endures a new wave of COVID-19, the MSH-led USAID Organized Network of Services for Everyone’s (ONSE) Health Activity continues to provide comprehensive support for the government’s response plan, working with district health teams and communities to mitigate the significant threat to Malawi’s vulnerable health system.ONSE’s strong district footprint and engagement with the Ministry of Health and Population and other health sector partners enables a coordinated, locally led response in 16 districts, where more than half the population of Malawi lives.

{Photo credit: Rejoice Phiri/MSH}Photo credit: Rejoice Phiri/MSH

"At first I wasn't comfortable getting the vaccine because of what people were saying on social media and in my community. But I saw with my own eyes that those who haven't been vaccinated are the ones getting seriously sick and dying." - Peter Gwazanga, 34, received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at Bwaila Hospital in Lilongwe, Malawi.In early August, Malawi received more than 300,000 doses of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine through the global COVAX initiative. The new shipment comes as the country struggles with a rise in COVID-19 cases and weeks after the government announced it will add several vaccines to its efforts to defeat the virus. Within two weeks, by August 12, the government reported that the Ministry of Health had administered 60,020 of those doses across the country’s 28 districts.

Help us celebrate MSH's 50th birthday! We were incorporated in Massachusetts, USA, on May 21, 1971 and have since then worked in over 150 countries. To celebrate our 50th, we invite you to follow our Go To The People series, sharing stories and reflections from current and former MSHers, partners, and local health leaders worldwide, as they reflect on the impact we’ve made together on the lives of individuals, communities, and in global health. Working together, let's shape the next 50 years for greater health impact.