An estimated 147,500 internally displaced persons (IDPs) (approximately 38,600 households) remain in 192 open displacement sites 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).
In order to gather specific information regarding the status and location of IDPs and conditions in displacement sites in the context of the current humanitarian crisis, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), in close collaboration with the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA), began the Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) program. The DTM is an information management tool developed by IOM and regularly used in emergencies by the Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) cluster which aims to strengthen the multi-sectoral data on displacement trends and IDPs’ needs that is available to government and humanitarian partners. 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 Malawi.
Through the first round of full site assessments, which were carried out from February to March 2015, the DTM identified approximately 162,000 IDPs (40,500 households) in 202 open displacement sites in the six aforementioned districts. This report encompasses the data that reflects findings from the second comprehensive round of full site assessments conducted from mid-March to mid-April 2015. The second round of full site assessments indicates a reduction in both the number of displacement sites (from 202 open sites to 192) and the number of IDPs (from 40,500 households to 38,600 households). In addition to displacement trends, this report will highlight key findings from each of the emergency sectors, as well as district-level findings. More detailed sectoral information is available in the datasets, which are published as annexes to 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 continue to 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).
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