Though no one was entirely prepared for the COVID-19 pandemic, scientists around the globe were required to respond. The world needed the ability to test and contact trace; labs that had the necessary equipment stepped up to answer this urgent call. Because the Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) received a 2018 Instrumental Access award, Dr. Gama Bandawe and his lab already had most of the equipment they needed to join the fight against COVID-19.
In March 2019, Cyclone Idai became one of the worst natural disasters ever to hit the Southern hemisphere. It ravaged Malawi and neighboring countries, affecting an estimated 3 million people. With equipment from Instrumental Access, Dr. Gama Bandawe of the Malawi University of Science and Technology, was poised to respond with the necessary scientific tools in place.