An estimated 162,000 people (approximately 40,500 households) remain displaced in 202 open displacement sites in in the Southern Region districts of Nsanje, Chikwawa, Blantyre, Mulanje,
Phalombe, and Zomba as a result of heavy rains and floods that occurred in January 2015. These districts are the most severely affected and continue to receive assistance from the Government of Malawi (GoM) and the humanitarian community. The core emergency sectors of assistance are food security and livelihoods, health, shelter and non-food item (NFI), nutrition, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). ]
The Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) is an information management tool developed by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and used by the Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) cluster that gathers specific information regarding the status and location of IDPs and conditions in displacement sites across the country IOM Malawi’s DTM reports are designed to regularly capture, process, and disseminate information to provide a better understanding of the needs, numbers and movements of internally displaced persons (IDPs).
In early March, DTM initial assessment findings were used to update the Master List of displacement sites that had been previously identified by the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) and the humanitarian community. The updated ‘Master List’ provided specific information on site locations and basic IDP demographics. Of the 253 sites visited and assessed, 191 sites were found to be open as of 6 March, hosting approximately 173,000 IDPs. Following completion of the Master List Update, additional sites were referred to IOM for verification, including previously inaccessible and unreported sites, as well new sites that opened (following heavy rains at the end of February). IOM included those sites found to be open in the first round of the DTM full assessments.
The data presented in this report reflects findings from the first comprehensive round of full site assessments conducted in March 2015 as part of the DTM program, which aims to strengthen the multi-sectoral data on IDPs in Malawi available to DoDMA and other partners. This report will highlight key findings from each of the key emergency sectors. More detailed sectoral information is available in the datasets which are published along with the report.
DTM assessments are being carried out by IOM in partnership with non-governmental organization (NGO) partners, including Save the Children, Sustainable Rural Community Development (SURCOD) and All Hands Volunteers. Local government officers in the six most affected districts of Blantyre,
Chikwawa, Mulanje, Nsanje, Phalombe, and Zomba provide valuable support. ]
The DTM program is being implemented by IOM in close collaboration with the Government of Malawi and is made possible by the generous support of the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO), the UN One Fund, and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID).