Iceland supports Malawi to deliver emergency relief

Iceland Malawi WFP
Photo: WFP/ Badre Bahaji
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of USD 195,000 from the Government of Iceland. The contribution will be used for humanitarian logistics services in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic in Malawi.

The contribution will help increase the number of COVID-19 health facilities. This includes borders and within districts, transport and preposition relief items. Furthermore it will help building the capacity of government officers in disaster risk reduction to better respond to disasters and emergencies.

“I thank Iceland for this timely contribution. It will smoothen delivery of life-saving assistance to people in times of need especially in responding to COVID-19 pandemic,” said Marco Cavalcante, WFP Malawi Acting Country Director. “When a country is well-prepared, exposure to emergencies cannot escalate to catastrophic disasters and the impact of emergencies is lessened.”

COVID-19 emergency response

“The Government of Iceland is delighted to join hands with the Government of Malawi and WFP. Our aim is to respond to the needs of the people of Malawi amid the coronavirus pandemic,” said Inga Dóra Pétursdóttir, Head of Mission of the Embassy of Iceland in Malawi.

The purpose of the joint effort is to ensure the timely and uninterrupted supply of life-saving relief items and logistics services. Not only will it facilitate the ongoing COVID-19 emergency response but also provide crucial logistical support in key hotspots. This includes border posts, international airports and health facilities.

The Logistics Cluster is a group of organizations and stakeholders. It provides coordination and information management to support operational decision-making. The aim is to improve the predictability, timeliness and efficiency of the humanitarian emergency response.