Malawi

UNICEF Malawi Humanitarian Situation Report No. 2 - April 2017

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Highlights

  • The nine-month humanitarian response where 6.7 million people, in 24 out of the 28 districts in Malawi received humanitarian assistance in line with the 2016 Food Insecurity Response Plan ended on 31 March 2017.

  • Malawi began registering cholera cases on 11 March 2017, with 45 cases reported and one associated death. Most of the cases registered so far have an epidemiological linkage to an ongoing cholera outbreak in Mozambique.

  • Karonga district in northern Malawi experienced flooding in April 2017 which displaced more than 5,000 people and led to the deaths of four people, injuring six, while three people remain missing.

  • From January 2017 to date, in response to the cholera outbreak and floods, UNICEF has reached more than 75,500 people with safe water and over 105,800 people with hygiene promotion messages.

  • In 2017, UNICEF has received funding towards the 2017 HAC from German National Committee and the Japan National Committee. As at end of April, UNICEF has received only 23 per cent of its funding requirements.

Situation Overview & Humanitarian Needs

The nine month humanitarian response, where 6.7 million people in 24 out of the 28 districts in Malawi received humanitarian assistance in line with the 2016 Food Insecurity Response Plan ended on 31 March 2017. An evaluation of the response is being planned with leadership from the Department of the Disaster Management Affairs. The evaluation will seek to identify challenges, best practices and lessons learned from the different approaches by various partners during the humanitarian response.

January to March 2017 also marked the peak of the traditional lean season. During the period, January to March 2017, a total of 18,511 Severely Acute Malnourished (SAM) children were admitted in Outpatient Therapeutic Program (OTP) and Nutrition Rehabilitation Units (NRU)i . As compared to the same period in 2016, this was an overall decrease in admissions mainly due to scaling down of screening and active case finding in 20171 (Table 1). The data shows a slight drop in the number of admission from 7,115 to 6,586 in Quarter 1. This drop is attributed to several factors including (1) the food insecurity response which improved food security outcomes at the household level as described by various food security actors in the country and (2) reduced morbidity. In the first quarter of 2016, 703,313 cases of children under-five with malnutrition were confirmed, while in the same quarter in 2017, 631,483 were confirmed, which represents an 11 per cent drop.