COVID-19 Sentinel Surveillance

ICAP is undertook a cross-sectional facility-based SARS-CoV-2 prevalence study to assess and estimate the prevalence of symptomatic and asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infection among children five years and older and adults in health facilities in Malawi.

Fourteen health facilities across eight districts were purposively selected in partnership with the Ministry of Health and the U.S. Centers of Disease Control, based on where community transmission is likely occurring, as well as attempting to achieve some level of representativeness across the eight districts in all three regions.

The findings from this surveillance project suggested that symptomatic and asymptomatic active SARS-CoV-2 infection in Malawians visiting health facilities is relatively rare. However, antibody test results suggest that more of the population had been infected at that point, indicating a need for continued surveillance to ensure a better understanding of exposures as well as further monitoring of SARS-CoV-2 transmission and changing epidemic dynamics in Malawi.




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