Grants awarded

Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Trust COVID-19 Epidemic Preparedness

Grantholder:

Dr Ben Morton

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

United Kingdom

Grantholder:

Dr Henry Mwandumba

Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme

Malawi

Grantholder:

Dr Jennifer Cornick

University of Liverpool

United Kingdom

Grantholder:

Dr Peter MacPherson

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

United Kingdom

Grantholder:

Prof Stephen Gordon

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

United Kingdom

Malawi is at high risk of COVID-19 epidemic spread, the healthcare system is fragile and the population vulnerable to severe disease.

We propose epidemic preparedness activities for COVID-19. These are split into three work packages: diagnostic capacity and genomics surveillance; secondary care; and epidemiology and control.

Strategically, we have designed our activities to develop a platform for Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Trust (MLW) to rapidly pivot into response mode to support the healthcare system and deliver excellent research for current and future epidemic disease threats.

Our key goals are to provide diagnostic capability in Malawi for the COVID-19 epidemic, and to develop clinical and epidemiological tools to manage epidemic disease in Malawi.