Most parts of Malawi experienced dry spells for more than 10 days in March 2014 with Karonga district in the northern region facing the worst effects of this dry spell so far. It is likely that yields for the current season will be seriously reduced in the worst affected areas because the maize crop was at the critical flowering stage.
Services for management of Acute Malnutrition are currently ongoing in 464 Outpatient Therapeutic (OTP) sites and 86 Nutrition Rehabilitation Units across the country. An additional 4,572 children were admitted in February 2014 bringing the cumulative number of admissions to 13,543.
UNICEF procured 9,177 cartons of RUTF for all the 29 districts and all the 3 central hospitals in the country for the period of January to March 2014. However, the districts have logistical challenges in terms of transporting the supplies to the facility level. UNICEF has supported delivery of the RUTF from the central warehouse to the District Health Office for 16 food insecure districts.
UNICEF is supporting the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Welfare in providing psychosocial support in the 24 food insecure districts. In these districts, Community Based Organisations are conducting community dialogue sessions where those that are in need of care and protection are being identified and linked to appropriate services such as Community Based Organisations, community based child care centres, children’s corners, community victim support units and police victim support units.