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07 Jun 2018 description
report World Bank

In Malawi, the impact of extreme weather events has significantly contributed to the recurrent crises of food insecurity. This analytical work was undertaken to assist the Government of Malawi to strengthen its efforts toward effectively responding to extreme weather-related events, especially El Niño and La Niña phenomena.

26 Feb 2018 description

A. SITUATION ANALYSIS

Description of the disaster Malawi experienced normal to above normal rainfall within most of its regions. Karonga district, which is located in the Northern Part of the country, received above normal rainfall mid-March which resulted in extensive flooding in most of the district. The flooding resulted in infrastructural damage as well as displacement of families in the affected communities. The displaced families were evacuated to nearby schools where camps were set up for them to stay until the water subsided.

01 Feb 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • UNICEF/MoH mobile brigade teams screened 503,697 children for acute malnutrition and treated 8,742 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition (SAM);

  • UNICEF reached 56,700 people with access to safe water through construction, rehabilitation and upgrading of boreholes and 58,080 people with sanitation hygiene promotion activities;

31 Jan 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • In the six northern regions affected by floods in 2017, UNICEFsupported Community Health Workers (CHWs) have reached 4,800 children under five with nutrition screening, of which 1,138 children were treated for severe or moderate acute malnutrition. Improved reporting has identified 148 deaths related to malnutrition, and UNICEF has supported the development of the Emergency Nutrition Action Plan which was been submitted for Government funding in December 2017.

30 Jan 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • UNICEF and partners screened 240,674 children for acute malnutrition and provided lifesaving treatment for severe acute malnutrition (SAM) to 10,020 children aged 0-59 months in 2017.

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
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • UNICEF and partners screened 189,305 children for malnutrition, of whom 24,923 children were identified with severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and admitted for treatment.

  • 284,184 people were reached with safe water through water trucking, piped water and water treatment at household level with water treatment pills provided by UNICEF and implementing partners.

07 Dec 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Joneck Gwatiwa

Umzingwane district in Matabeleland South Province is home to Esikhoveni village, one of the two villages whose piped water schemes were identified for rehabilitation after early 2017 floods destroyed much of the village’s water supply infrastructure. About 300 households without safe drinking water.

The damage on infrastructure impacted negatively on the wellbeing of learners particularly girls who lost most of their study time lost as they had to walk longer distances to fetch water.

27 Nov 2017 description

1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Southern Africa continues to recover from the 2015/2016 El Niño-induced drought, which by January 2017 had affected about 41 million people across the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC)1. The substantial government- and SADC-led response, supported by $900 million from the international humanitarian community2, empowered farmers to take advantage of a good 2016/2017 rainfall season, delivering an April 2017 cereal harvest 3 per cent above the 5-year average.

07 Nov 2017 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Planting of 2018 cereal crops underway

  • Cereal production in 2017 rebounded strongly, mostly resulting from beneficial weather conditions

  • Maize prices well below year-earlier levels, reflecting favourable supply situation

  • Food security situation improved significantly, with food insecure numbers falling by 87 percent on yearly basis

Planting of 2018 crops underway

25 Oct 2017 description

Situation

The country generally received normal to above normal rainfall and this resulted in high production for most crops. Flooding was largely experienced in northern districts (Lilongwe, Mwanza and Zomba).

  • Late onset of rains; Northern Malawi (the rest of the country received early planting rains. Amounts and distribution were very good).

  • Dry spells were experienced in pockets of Centre and Southern Malawi.

  • Floods heavily experienced in some parts of Northern Malawi.

25 Oct 2017 description

Situation

Heavy rains caused flooding in some areas, which was exacerbated by Cyclone Dineo in February 2017. This led to an increase in diseases such as diarrhea and malaria in some areas.

Higher rainfall compared to the previous season resulted in improved crop and livestock production, thereby significantly reducing households’ vulnerability to food insecurity.

16 Oct 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Vulnerable populations in six Southern African countries will likely require humanitarian assistance through mid-2018

  • FAW infestations reported in at least eight Southern Africa countries

  • USAID/FFP provides nearly $47 million in additional funding to improve food security throughout the region

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

16 Oct 2017 description
infographic UN Children's Fund

The 2015–2016 El Niño phenomenon resulted in the worst drought in 35 years for much of southern Africa.
In the eight most-affected countries (Angola, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia,
Swaziland and Zimbabwe), an estimated 16.1 million people required assistance between December 2016 and March 2017, including some 5 million children who required urgent humanitarian assistance.

09 Oct 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • UNICEF and partners have screened 233,950 children for acute malnutrition and provided lifesaving treatment for severe acute malnutrition (SAM) to 7,822 children aged 0-59 months since January 2017.

  • UNICEF has provided 219,859 children aged 6-59 months with Vitamin A Supplementation (VAS) since the beginning of 2017, including 53, 290 children since July 2017.

09 Oct 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • In the six northern regions, UNICEF-supported Community Health Workers (CHWs) have reached more than 4,800 children under five with nutrition screening, of which 112 were referred and treated for Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM). Parents of these children also received key messages on sanitation and hygiene.

04 Oct 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • The chronic drought crisis continues to affect an estimated 1.13 million people in the south of Angola, including 605,982 children.

  • UNICEF has rehabilitated 68 water points in drought affected areas (Namibe and Huila), which provides safe water to 34,000 people, including 15,700 children. In total 175 water points will be rehabilitated by the first quarter of 2018 in an aim to reach 80,000 people with safe water.