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17 May 2018 description

In Uganda, if you have children or not, being gay can get you killed. Four years ago, Matofu* and his son had to flee for their lives.

After a long, harrowing journey for Matofu and ten-year-old Suphi*, the nightmare did not end when they arrived in a refugee camp in Malawi, where they both experienced further violence. It took two years to find sanctuary as asylum seekers through Malawi UNHCR. But without the advocacy efforts of a local organisation, it may never have happened.

11 May 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

In March 2018 reporting was at 100 percent. All the 618 Outpatient Therapeutic Program (OTP) centres, 104 Nutrition Rehabilitation Units (NRU) and 611 Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP) centres in Com-munity-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) reported as follows:

  • 4,082 children aged 6 to 59 months with Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) received lifesaving treatment in OTP centres and NRUs.

  • 11,270 children aged 6 to 59 months with Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM) were treated in the SFP centres.

03 May 2018 description

The Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) is consulting communities in eight districts of the country on the review of the National Disaster Risk Management Communication Strategy (NDRMCS).

28 Apr 2018 description

Maize, rice, and cassava are the most important food commodities. Markets selected represent the entire geographic length of the country: two markets in each of the north, center, and south. In the north, Karonga is one of the most active markets in maize and rice and is influenced by informal cross-border trade with Tanzania. Mzimba is a major maize producing area in the northern region. Salima, in the center along the lake, is an important market where some of the fishing populations are almost entirely dependent on the market for staple cereals.

27 Apr 2018 description

Minimal (IPC Phase 1) area outcomes are projected for most of the outlook period

Key Messages

26 Apr 2018 description

Overview of the Project and Organization of the Final Report

25 Apr 2018 description
report ACT Alliance

During the night of Wednesday the 11 April 2018, the district of Karonga in Malawi, was affected by severe floods when Karongo experienced sudden heavy rains for 7 continuous days. Floods have caused displacement of 3,570 people with three lives lost; livestock killed, crops and houses destroyed.

The flood affected persons find themselves in a desperate situation, with many unmet vital emergency needs such as access to sufficient food, need for safe water and replacement of non-food items; a task which has become difficult due to suspended livelihood activities.

25 Apr 2018 description

By Charles Pensulo

NKANDO, Malawi, April 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Cecilia Amos was just 16 when she fell pregnant. Her partner promised to marry her but instead he left after she gave birth.

That was a year ago and, unable to continue her schooling in the small town of Nkando 45 kms (28 miles) southeast of Malawi's commercial capital Blantyre, she dropped out.

"My parents were angry at me, of course, but later on they accepted the situation," said Amos, the third of seven children.

23 Apr 2018 description

BACKGROUND

Since 2014, the R4 Rural Resilience Initiative (R4) has integrated four risk management strategies — risk reduction, risk transfer, prudent risk-taking and risk reserves — to help poor households improve their food security and deal with climate variability, thereby strengthening their resilience.

The initiative is implemented across the districts of Balaka, Zomba, and Blantyre, benefiting over 10,000 households, with the vision to reach over 40,000 households by 2020 through social safety net programmes.

20 Apr 2018 description

The Oral Cholera Vaccine (OCV) campaign started in Lilongwe on 17 April 2018. The vaccine is being administered from 17 to 21 April and is targeting all people that are over one year and living in urban and semi urban areas of Lilongwe city where the cholera outbreak is still active. These areas are within the catchment areas of the following health facilities: Area 18, Kawale, Area 25, African Bible College, St Kizito, Chimwala, Bwaila and Likuni. A total of 500,000 people are expected to receive OCV.

18 Apr 2018 description

Vice President and Minister of Disaster Management Affairs Dr. Saulos Chilima says the country needs to adopt new irrigation technologies if it were to make strides in ending persistent food insecurity.

Chilima made the observation on Tuesday when he visited families affected by recent floods in Nkhotakota.

15 Apr 2018 description
  • DoDMA to distribute relief items stockpiled at its Karonga Warehouse

  • Plans to replenish the warehouse with more relief items at an advanced stage.

A disaster assessment report by the Karonga District Council indicates that heavy rains that continuously fell in Karonga District caused serious flooding and affected 300 households [approximately 1650] people.

13 Apr 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

ABSTRACT

This research brief provides a summary of the impacts on household resiliency generated over three years by Malawi’s Social Cash Transfer Programme. Results show that beneficiary households increase overall measures of resilience, and have increased ability to positively cope with shocks.

THE SOCIAL CASH TRANSFER PROGRAMME

13 Apr 2018 description

A disaster assessment report by the Salima District Council indicates that stormy rains that hit most parts of T/A Mwanza on Sunday; 8th April, affected 90 households [approximately 495 people].

The report, signed by Disaster Officer Blessings Kamtema and District Commissioner Charles Mwawembe, calls for immediate relief assistance.

“The affected households require food and non-food relief items such as plastic sheets, maize and kitchen utensils,” reads part of the report.

09 Apr 2018 description
report Direct Relief

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.

06 Apr 2018 description

Lilongwe, 6 April, 2018 - Malawi today became the latest country in Africa to complete training on establishing a national disaster loss data base, considered an essential prerequisite for being able to report on progress on reducing disaster losses and improving disaster risk management.

Opening the workshop on Wednesday in Lilongwe, Principal Secretary for Administration in the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC), Mr. Cliff Chiunda, said the workshop is expected to develop a database for tracking disaster damages and losses in Malawi.

06 Apr 2018 description

In brief

The Joint Programme, Improving Access and Quality of Education for Girls in Malawi (JPGE) is implemented in 81 schools in three districts of Malawi. It aims at improving access, quality and relevance of education for girls, through addressing key known threats to girls’ education.

The threats include poor food and nutrition, inadequate protection against sexual and physical violence, poor quality schooling, harmful social and traditional practices and violations of girls’ sexual and reproductive rights.

06 Apr 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

In February 2018 reporting was at 100 percent. All the 618 Outpatient Therapeutic Program (OTP) centres, 104 Nutrition Rehabilitation Units (NRU) and 611 Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP) centres in Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) reported as follows:

  • 4,357 children aged 6 to 59 months with Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) were provided with lifesaving treatment in OTP centres and NRUs.

  • 11,753 children aged 6 to 59 months with Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM) were treated in the SFP centres.

05 Apr 2018 description

Lilongwe, April 4th, 2018. The United Nations in Malawi is concerned by the resurfacing of gruesome attacks on persons with albinism and strongly condemns the killing of Macdonald Masambuka, a young man with albinism, in Machinga District, whose body was discovered on 1st April 2018, after he was reported missing in March. The latest abduction and killing of McDonald Masambuka brings to four the number of attacks against persons with albinism in 2018. This is a setback to progress achieved since 2014.