ORS/Zinc status – Malawi

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MalawiMalawi

Population: 19.13m (2020)
Area: 118,484 sqkm

Diarrhoea deaths: 2,679 (2019)

ORS coverage: 65% (2016)

ORS + Zinc coverage: 24% (2016)

National EML download: Malawi-Standard-Treatment-Guidelines-Essential-Medicines-List-2015 (but note that section ‘17.5  Medicines used in diarrhoea’ is missing)

National policy
✅ ORS+Zinc in National Clinical Guidelines
✅ ORS included in the National Essential Medicines List
✅ Zinc included in the National Essential Medicines List
Co-packaged ORS & Zinc included in the National Essential Medicines List

Zinc availability
✅ Zinc available “over the counter”
✅ Any retailer can sell Zinc

Outlets for Zinc tablets:
✅ Pharmacies
✅ Drug stores/shops
❌ Supermarkets
❌ General retail outlets
✅ Community Health Workers
❌ Door-to-door sales people
✅ Government hospitals/clinics
✅ Private hospitals/clinics
✅ Campaigns and outreach
❌ Other

Co-pack availability
❌ Co-packaged ORS and Zinc available
✅ Discussions underway about introducing co-packaged ORS and Zinc

Outlets for co-packaged ORS and Zinc tablets:
❌ Pharmacies
❌ Drug stores/shops
❌ Supermarkets
❌ General retail outlets
❌ Community Health Workers
❌ Door-to-door sales people
❌ Government hospitals/clinics
❌ Private hospitals/clinics
❌ Campaigns and outreach
❌ Other

Co-packaged ORS and Zinc brands (may not be exhaustive)
N/A

Co-packaged ORS and Zinc manufacturers (may not be exhaustive)
N/A

Co-pack costs
Typical cost of a ORS/Zinc co-pack in the PUBLIC sector
N/A
Typical cost of a ORS/Zinc co-pack in the PRIVATE sector
N/A

✅  Diarrhoea programmes currently on-going

Name Organisation Funder Diarrhoea specific Target area
Organised Network of Services for Everyone’s (ONSE) Health on Malawi Ministry of Health and Population, Management Services for Health, Village Reach USAID No 16 ONSE Districts

Additional information

Questionnaire comment (16-Mar-2022)
“Co packaging is a way to go, but how can manufacturing be harmonised?”

 

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Making co-packaged ORS and Zinc the "go to" treatment for childhood diarrhoea

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