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19 Feb 2018 description

Cholera cases soar in Malawi following spread of disease from Zambia

BLANTYRE, Feb 19 (Reuters) - Cholera cases in Malawi have tripled and four more people have died, the Ministry of Health said on Monday, a month after the spread of the disease from Zambia was thought to have been contained.

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15 Feb 2018 description

Written by Sellah Singini

Dedza, February 15, 2018: Dedza District Environmental Health Office says has registered one confirmed case of cholera, the district’s health officials have confirmed.

Speaking in an interview with Malawi News Agency, District Environmental Health Officer (DEHO), Sydney Paul, said a cholera suspect was reported to Dedza District Health Office on 10th February, 2018 and was admitted at Mua Mission Hospital.

14 Feb 2018 description

This update is produced jointly by the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) of Malawi and the United Nations Office of the Resident Coordinator in Malawi, in collaboration with humanitarian partners. The report is as of 12th February, 2018.

Background

12 Feb 2018 description

Early action crucial to avert crisis

09 February 2018, Johannesburg/Harare - Prolonged dry spells, erratic rainfall, high temperatures and the presence of the voracious fall armyworm have significantly dampened Southern Africa’s current agricultural season’s cereal production prospects. Early action in the form of consolidating information through assessments and anticipatory measures that reduce the impact of threats are crucial for an effective response.

11 Feb 2018 description

A preliminary report has indicated that floods that hit most parts of T/As Kalonga and Pemba in Salima District on Wednesday night; have affected 105 households.

The report further states that 27 families have been displaced and have since been relocated to a camp which the council has set in T/A Kalonga’s jurisdiction.

“The council has so far provided buckets, chlorine, mosquito nets, maize and beans for use by people residing at the camp,” reads part of the report.

09 Feb 2018 description

JOHANNESBURG – The twin scourges of another prolonged dry spell and an invasive crop-eating worm are set to sharply curtail harvests across southern Africa, driving millions of people – most of them children – into severe hunger, warns the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

09 Feb 2018 description

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Food Security situation has improved significantly compared to 2015/16 cropping year

  • Onset of rains was normal and well distributed in central and southern areas. A few districts in the south experienced dry spell in the month of February.

  • Fall army worms attacked maize in all regions with varying intensity and the impact on production was not significant

  • Tobacco production has continued to decline due to low prices being offered by buyers.

09 Feb 2018 description

Heavy rains that poured on the night of Wednesday, February 7 have damaged structures, most of them dwelling places, in Karonga, Lilongwe and Salima Districts, Department of Disaster Management Affairs’ Chief Relief and Rehabilitation Officer confirmed the development.

Fyawupi Mwafongo said heavy downpours caused the flooding of the North Rukuru River, affecting a number of households in Karonga District.

08 Feb 2018 description
report ACT Alliance

Malawi is experiencing the most severe prolonged dry spells and fall army worm infestation which have threatened agricultural production of 3.8 million people (Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Report 2018). With little or no rain still not falling in some parts of the country and fall army worms still destroying crop fields the outlook is alarming which will result in hunger to over 3.8 million people up to next growing season (Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Report 2018).

02 Feb 2018 description

Hyderabad [18 January 2018]: Malnourished children under two in rural Malawi whose mothers were trained in diet diversity, hygiene and food safety have shown significant improvements of their nutrition and health in just three weeks. The study published in the Journal of Public Health Nutrition, Cambridge University Press (https://doi.org/10.1017/S1368980017003652), on January 17, 2018, demonstrates the rapid impact a properly designed nutrition education intervention can have.

01 Feb 2018 description

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year.

01 Feb 2018 description

Highlights

  • 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.

31 Jan 2018 description

The World Health Organization country office in Malawi conducted an assessment of cholera outbreak control efforts in Karonga district between 18 and 19 January 2018. The WHO mission’s major finding was that the District Epidemic Response Committee under the leadership of the District Health Officer, Dr Phinias Mfune was effectively managing all the partners who were present in the district supporting cholera control activities. “We conduct weekly coordination meetings at the District Counsel chamber.

31 Jan 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

In the month of December 2017 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:

24 Jan 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• In 2017, Malawi experienced a series of cholera outbreaks. As at 31 December 2017, a cumulative total of 282 cases with five deaths were registered from the 7 districts.

• More than one million people are in food security crisis (IPC Phase 3) and have been provided with humanitarian food assistance for periods ranging from two to four months, starting December 2017.

24 Jan 2018 description

Mixed seasonal rainfall could result in reduced crop yields

Key Messages

19 Jan 2018 description

The current dry spell has been exacerbated by an outbreak of crop-munching fall armyworms

By Frank Phiri

LILONGWE, Jan 19 (Reuters) - A dry spell and worsening pest infestation are threatening Malawi's staple maize crop, prompting President Peter Mutharika on Friday to call on government officials to lead prayers for rain.

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18 Jan 2018 description
report Theirworld

*In an initiative to tackle malnutrition, children at a charity's preschools help to plant and harvest the healthy vegetables then eat them for lunch. *

A charity in Malawi is growing sweet potatoes to ensure young children get essential Vitamin A.

The staple diet of nsima - a porridge made from cassava or maize flour - has little protein and very few vitamins, so the children are not getting the full range of nutrition they need in the early years.

14 Jan 2018 description

Presidency assures affected families of unrelenting support
DoDMA provides relief items

A cumulative total of 698 households have been critically affected by rainstorms and strong winds that struck most parts of Traditional Authorities Kachenga, Msamala, Sawali, and Nkaya in Balaka District; on Tuesday.

Adding salt to injury, the rampant fall armyworms have affected 19,000 of the 53,000 cultivated hectares of land, representing a total of 39 per cent.

10 Jan 2018 description

This report assesses the potential for strengthening ‘shock-sensitive’ social protection in Malawi. Bringing together recent experiences and knowledge, it analyses the ways in which existing social protection system components can more effectively prepare for and address the impacts of events that result in humanitarian emergency response. It provides clear options and recommendations for a more shock-sensitive social protection approach in Malawi.

The report focuses on the following social protection system components: