Things in Malawi seem to be quiet at the moment when it comes to the coronavirus. It appears that COVID 19 has not overcome Malawi as was feared by many. The new case numbers remain low, mostly single digits, and there are few deaths. I feel a sense of relief, but also a sense of reservation as I read and hear update reports on the virus. No doubt cases are under reported and under tested. However, the one good thing is that the median age of the population in Malawi is 18, so most people who get the virus, seem to recover. We continue to pray for God’s protection on Malawi, and in particular, for our Ngodzi community and our LM staff. Lifeline Malawi is still following the pandemic protocols and educating the community to stay alert.
The Lifeline Malawi Health Centre is constant in its fight against disease, in providing other medical services, and in reaching out to the community. We thank Medical Missionary News for it great donation to Lifeline Malawi to help us in this outreach. Teen pregnancies and early marriages still remain an issue in the community. Lifeline Malawi is putting pressure on the local chiefs to address the situation. There is resistance, so we pray that God will soften the hearts of these chiefs, in particular the TA (Traditional Authority – the top Chief in our District). The Lifeline Malawi Youth have been conducting peer outreach to local villages, to present the issues relating to Covid 19 and pregnancies, and to start discussions on these subjects with the young in each community. It should be noted that not all the pregnancies are a result of teen behaviour, some are also due to abuse. Young girls also need to be protected. Often they are reluctant to name the father of the baby they are carrying. We are praying that the Government will rally the various government leaders to create laws that will protect young girls and that cultural practices and behaviours will change to reflect God’s love, will, and wisdom.