Malawi: Food Security (MDRMW008) 6-month summary update

Situation Report
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Period covered by this Ops Update: 28 November 2012 to 30 May 2013. This update represents a sixmonth summary of the operation.
Appeal target (current): CHF 1,025,311 Appeal coverage: 61% Appeal history:

  • This Emergency Appeal was initially launched on 17 October 2012 for CHF 1,025,310 for 9 months to assist 3,500 households (17,500 beneficiaries).

  • CHF 100,000 from the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) was initially allocated from the Federation’s DREF to support the national society to respond (however availability of this fund was delayed due to closing down of the previous DREF operations.)

  • Operations update no. 1 was issued on 31 October 2012 while Operations Update no. 2 was issued on 27 November 2012


This Emergency Appeal operation has enabled Malawi Red Cross Society (MRCS) to respond to the food security needs of 9,000 affected beneficiaries with distribution of food, mitigating their vulnerable situation as a result of failed crops. 24 MRCS volunteers and staff were trained in Sphere’s minimum standards in food security to carry out the programme activities, including relief food distribution, community mobilization, vulnerability assessments, and monitoring and reporting. Additionally, 20 volunteers have been trained in community-based first aid and are now engaged in providing community-based health and first aid (CBHFA) services as well as health promotion campaigns, education and sensitization activities in targeted communities. To date, 3,500 people have been reached through these health and hygiene awareness raising campaigns.

This operations update outlines the key activities implemented so far. A request for an extension of this operation is in process of being drafted to allow time for the planned activities to be completed. At this stage, the operation will end by end of June. A final report will be issued three months after the end of the operation (by 30 September 2013).