Malawi Vulnerability Update Assessment Report of October 2015 projects the food insecure population in 25 out of 28 districts to remain at 2,833,212. Various clusters are responding to the needs of the food insecure populations in line with the Food Insecurity Response Plan that was released in September 2015 and concurrently undertaking recovery activities in areas that were affected by floods early in the year.
UNICEF supported restocking of therapeutic supplies in early November to restore the supply chain after observing that ready-to-use foods (RUTF) stock outs in Nsanje district were resulting in low admissions. UNICEF also provided technical support in maintenance of the Community Management for Acute Malnutrition databases in the districts of Machinga, Nsanje, Mulanje, Nkhatabay and Mzimba.
During the reporting period, with UNICEF support, a total of 6,169 children were vaccinated against measles of whom 5,842 children completed the recommended antigens in Nsanje, Phalombe, Zomba, Blantyre, Chikwawa, Mulanje, Mangochi and Thyolo.
As part of preparedness planning for the 2015/16 rainy season, a draft contingency plan has been prepared with leadership from the Department of Disaster Management particularly taking into consideration the El Niño event which is currently underway and is likely to continue through early 2016.
Prepositioning of supplies to 18 cholera prone districts is under way in consultation with partners as one of the waysto ensure readiness for response to possible flooding.
Situation Overview & Humanitarian Needs
The Malawi Vulnerability Assessment committee released the National Food Security update for the period of October 2015 to March 2016. The update assessment results indicate that all assumptions made in the June 2015 assessment still hold and therefore the food insecure population in 25 out of 28 districts remains at 2,833,212. Various clusters are responding to the needs of the food insecure populations in line with the Food Insecurity Response Plan that was released in September 2015 and concurrently undertaking recovery activities in areas that were affected by floods early in the year. Efforts also continue to mobilise resources to meet funding gaps that still exist in order to meet the needs of the food insecure population.
Meanwhile the country is also undertaking preparedness planning for the 2015/16 season which has been reported to be a strong El Nino. According to the Meteorological Services Malawi is likely to receive normal above normal rains for parts of the Northern Region and normal to below normal rains for the Central and Southern Region. The Department of Disaster Management is leading preparedness planning based on hazard scenarios for Floods, Food Insecurity, and Earthquake and Disease Outbreak.