Malawi Monthly SitRep # 4, April 2014
A joint pre-harvest food security assessment conducted in March 2014 indicated that 10 of the 28 districts may face food shortages in 2014/15 as a result of prolonged dry spells and army worm attacks. Access to food will be further affected by low production of cotton which is a main cash crop in some of the affected districts. The number of people that will be food insecure in the new consumption year (April 2014 to March 2015) will be clearly known after the annual Malawi Vulnerability Assessment to be conducted in the month of June 2014.
Districts that were food insecure in 2013/14 have continued to experience logistical challenges in terms of transporting supplies for treatment of severe acute malnutrition from the central level to the facility level. UNICEF has been supporting delivery of RUTF from the central warehouse to the District Health Offices and has distributed 5,424 cartons of RUTF to cover the needs for the period of April to June 2014 in 16 districts and 3 central hospitals.
A total of 3,083 children have received treatment in the month of March in the 484 Outpatient Therapeutic (OTP) sites and 86 Nutrition Rehabilitation Units across the country.
With support from UNICEF, orientation of 69 Community Based Organisations and 69 District Social Welfare Officers on provision of psychosocial support has been completed in 23 of the 24 districts that were food insecure. The Community Based Organisations have carried out 207 Community Dialogue Sessions in which those affected by food insecurity are identified and referred to appropriate services.
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