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Across the southern African region, maize supplies have improved seasonally with the ongoing harvest, and prices have generally been on a downward trend since March. In most countries, staple food prices are below their 5 year average (5YA) levels.
Yet, in pockets of areas reporting poor harvest, households are expected to deplete their stocks earlier than usual this year and turn to markets for their supply; prices in areas such as southern Malawi, southern Mozambique, and central and southern Zambia could tick upwards sooner than usual.
Malawi is a landlocked, low-income country with over 80 percent of the population consisting of smallholder farmers and nearly 70 percent of people living below the international poverty line, according to the World Bank. Malawi also hosts more than 37,000 refugees, primarily from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burundi, Rwanda and Mozambique, the majority of whom are dependent on humanitarian assistance to meet their daily food needs.
For more than two decades, the Government of Malawi has hosted both refugees and asylum seekers from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia and Somalia, most of whom are settled at Dzaleka Camp.
WFP currently provides food assistance to 32,500 refugees in Dzaleka Camp, and since July 2015, this assistance has been extended to an additional 4,000 asylum seekers from Mozambique who have settled at Luwani Camp.
Overall, across southern Africa, regional food staple prices continued to remain below their respective 2017 levels and 5 year averages (5YA). In Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zambia, maize prices were 20—27 percent below the 5YA.
As harvesting is underway, maize prices across the region are expected to follow a downward trend as households begin consuming from their own production. However, given that many countries are reporting lower production estimates compared to last year, this trend may be short-lived.
Across southern Africa, regional food staple prices were below both their respective 2017 levels and 5 year averages (5YA). In Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, and Tanzania, maize prices were 25 - 36 percent below the 5YA. Prices are expected to decrease in coming weeks as harvesting gets underway. The sole exception to such trends is the DRC, where the average national price of cassava flour has remained above the 5YA since September 2017, and showed an increase from January to February 2018.
Cholera originated in Asia, but now presents a global threat.
This acute intestinal disease is biologically caused by exposure to the vibrio cholerae bacteria, but it’s fed socially by poor water and sanitation, limited health systems, crowding and poverty. With all these conditions present in abundance across the African continent, cholera outbreaks happen most frequently there relative to all other parts of the world. This leads in many cases to high numbers of deaths, high costs to health systems and regular social disruption.
Following the Government’s request for support for the 2017/2018 lean season response, WFP and its partners are planning to support approximately 1 million people in IPC phase 3 with relief assistance in 20 districts through cashtransfers along with complementary recovery activities.
The Integrated food security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis shows that 837,000 people are in IPC phase 3 or 4 and will not be able to meet their food requirements from December 2017 to March 2018. The Humanitarian Response Committee is yet to be convened to map out the response
WFP continues to work with Government on the finalisation of the Malawi National Social Support Policy framework. The Framework’s designs have a strong focus on resilience and effective social protection systems.
Improved maize supplies drove national maize and maize meal prices further down in July in all the monitored countries except South Africa (SA) where prices increased by roughly 6 percent. Moreover, national prices were considerably below their respective 5 year aver-age (5YA) except Tanzania, Lesotho and Swaziland.
A delegation from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) visited Food Assistance for Assets (FFA) sites in Mangochi and Zomba districts to observe a comprehensive training session on Integrated Watershed Management approaches.
The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food supply and price trends in countries at risk of food insecurity. The Regional Supply and Market Outlook report provides a summary of regional staple food availability, surpluses and deficits during the current marketing year, projected price behavior, implications for local and regional commodity procurement, and essential market monitoring indicators.
Results of SMART surveys conducted, in seven livelihood zones, in May 2017 show a slight improvement in nutrition in Malawi, with Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) prevalence declining from 2.5 per cent in May 2016 to 2.2 per cent in May 2017. Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) also declined from 0.5 to 0.3 per cent in the same period.
Improved maize supplies trigger significant staple price declines in the region
WFP continued to scale up productive asset creation and social safety nets through provision of school meals, nutrition support to malnourished people on ART and TB treatment, connecting smallholder farmers to formal and quality markets as well as to input into food value chains.
WFP is transitioning at least 648,197 beneficiaries onto its multi-year resilience programme, which is linked to the wider social protection and resilience planning processes currently underway.
Global attention is needed to prevent and treat AIDS in antiretroviral era, with 50 per cent of hospital admissions in MSF hospitals already on treatment and showing signs of clinical failure. Paris – An unacceptably high number of people continue to develop and die of AIDS-related diseases across sub-Saharan Africa. They remain left out of the global HIV response without access to treatment that prevents AIDS or the medical care they need, says Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).
Dzaleka, 16 June 2017 – As I walked up to Hugo he had a camera and phone in his hands and was talking with friends. As a community journalist, Hugo, 22 years old, is assigned with documenting and disseminating news and events happening at Dzaleka refugee camp in Malawi.
He greeted me with a contagious smile and we immediately started talking about our cameras, sharing in our excitement for communications work.
This report is jointly produced by the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA), Government of Malawi, the United Nations Office of the Resident Coordinator and humanitarian partners in Malawi.
• In May 2016, the Malawi Vulnerability Annual Assessment Committee (MVAC) revealed that 6.5 million people, about 39% of the total population was at risk of food insecurity in 24 of the 28 districts. However, in October 2016, a field assessment to update the situation reported that the number had increased to 6.7 million people.
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.
Burundian refugee sees his future brighten thanks to UNHCR and Microsoft’s Connectivity for Refugees Project
By Tina Ghelli in Dzaleka, Malawi | 10 March 2017
“Everything about computers interests me,” says Remy Gakwaya, a 22-year-old Burundian refugee who resides in Dzalaka refugee camp in Malawi. He currently runs the only computer lab in the camp, called Takeno Lab, where he voluntarily teaches other refugee youth how to programme.
“Java, Python, MYSQLITE, Android Development…” Gakwaya lists the programming languages that he teaches his fellow refugees.
This report is produced jointly by the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA), Government of Malawi, the United Nations Office of the Resident Coordinator and humanitarian partners in Malawi.
In May 2016, The Malawi Vulnerability Annual Assessment Committee (MVAC) revealed that 6.5 million people, about 39% of the total population was at risk of food insecurity in 24 out of 28 districts. However, in October 2016, a field assessment to update the situation reported that the number had increased to 6.7 million people.