- UNICEF Malawi Humanitarian Situation Report No. 1 - February 2017
- Malawi Food Security, Outlook Feb - Sep 2017
- WFP Malawi Situation Report #2 09 February 2017
Appeals & Funding
- RIASCO Action Plan for Southern Africa - Revised regional response plan for the El Niño-induced drought in Southern Africa Dec 2016 - Apr 2017
It’s official. In 2016, global temperatures reached a record high for the third year in a row, and reports of extreme weather events continued to come in from around the world.
Drought gripped southern Africa, leaving 14 million people in countries including Mozambique, Madagascar and Malawi facing severe food shortages. The Indian government acknowledged that more than a quarter of the country’s population was affected by drought, amid media reports of wells running dangerously low and farmers falling heavily into debt.
As WFP Malawi nears the end of its largest and longest (July 2016 – March 2017) humanitarian response in recent history, it continued to work with partners to provide 5.9 million people relief assistance in February.
WFP continued to support essential safety net activities (e.g. school meals) and expanded its nutrition support to people living with HIV and TB suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM).
February has shown significant reduction in NRU deaths i.e.9.4%; After January 2017 high deaths rates (12.9%) reported in NRUs, UNICEF in collaboration Ministry of health have put several emergency measures in place, including the daily/weekly death watch/surveillance ongoing currently.
ROME, ITALY – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed a donation of US$6 million from the Republic of Korea that will allow WFP to enhance innovative food security monitoring systems in ten countries in Africa, enabling the organization to hear directly from people in need. The funding was raised through Korea’s air-ticket solidarity levy, which is collected from each international flight passenger departing Korea. Known as the “Global Disease Eradication Fund,” it is part of Seoul’s commitment to ending global disease, poverty and hunger.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Cereal production in 2017 forecast at near-average levels
Imports of maize increase in 2016/17 marketing year to compensate for reduced 2016 harvest
National average maize price declined at the start of 2017, but remained at high levels
Food security situation expected to improve in 2017 on account of expected average harvest following sharp deterioration in 2016
Maize production in 2017 expected to rebound to average levels
ActionAid is working with poor communities across the world to support them in building their resilience to disasters, climate change and other shocks and stresses. This work is of ever-growing importance, not only because of changing weather patterns and rising temperatures increasing the likelihood of disasters, but also because of growing risks related to violent conflict, human and livestock epidemics, environmental degradation and political and economic crises.
Outbreaks of Fall Armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda, have been reported in DRC, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa, Namibia, Swaziland, Ghana and Kenya. Regionally, around 330,000 hectares of staple crops, especially maize, have been affected. The remaining southern African mainland countries remain at high risk (OCHA 27/02/2017).
Refugees, asylum seekers and migrants continued to move in complex flows from the Horn of Africa and Yemen region. Migration and displacement dynamics remained complex this quarter, with ongoing migration, new displacement, and simultaneous return movements.
Irregular Movement from the Horn
Northward (through Egypt into Israel)
Since early 2015, the Southern Africa and Indian Ocean region has faced widespread food shortages owing to the worst drought in 35 years which was exacerbated by the El Niño weather phenomenon. Two consecutive failed rainy seasons have left 13.8 million people in need of emergency food assistance.
By Tina Ghelli
Much needed improvements are now underway in the health center in Dzaleka refugee camp in Malawi, however without continued financial support, it will difficult to keep the center stocked with much needed medicines and supplies.
One day after giving birth to her second child, 23 year old Emanciana Kisissi has a lot to say about the conditions in the health center at Dzaleka refugee camp in Malawi.
• Tropical Cyclone Enawo affects approximately 434,000 people in Madagascar
• USAID assists cyclone-affected populations in Madagascar and Mozambique
• Food security conditions in Southern Africa likely to improve when April/May harvests begin
Good performance of the current growing season (Oct 2016 – April 2017) is critical for Southern Africa, after suffering from two consecutive droughts induced by a long lasting El Niño event which led to unprecedented levels of food insecurity.
Description of the disaster
By Stefan Swartling Peterson, Johannes Wedenig
No one is more vulnerable than a newborn baby.
Newborns are totally dependent on their mothers. And their mothers, in turn, rely on skilled doctors and nurses, with access to working equipment, medicines, infrastructure, and information systems. When mothers give birth at home, without access to a skilled birth attendant, the chance that they or their newborn baby will die is many times higher.
Making sure mothers and babies can access health services is key to keeping them alive and healthy.
BLANTYRE, MALAWI — Malawi has started registering new cases of cholera in areas bordering Mozambique, one week after the government in Malawi warned of a cholera outbreak in the neighboring country.
The disease — an acute diarrheal infection caused by eating food or drinking water contaminated with a bacterium — affects children and adults, and can kill within hours if left untreated.
Malawi last registered cholera cases in 2015, but now health authorities in Malawi say they have found new cases at a health center in Nsanje district bordering Mozambique.