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UNICEF Malawi Humanitarian Situation Report (Reporting Period: January to December 2019)



  • UNICEF supported the provision of safe water in IDP sites, surrounding communities, schools, health facilities and early childhood care centers reaching 191,977 people in over 40 displacement sites and up to 50 affected communities during the cyclone recovery phase.

  • A total of 308,538 people in 79 IDP sites and hard-to-reach villages were reached with lifesaving health services including curative consultation, basic essential maternal and new-born care, family planning, immunization and follow up of chronic illnesses through mobile clinics supported by UNICEF.

  • In 2019, severe acute malnutrition cure rate, death rate and default rate have been maintained within the minimum SPHERE standards at 93.1 per cent, 2.3 percent and 2.7% respectively despite the country having a high rate of food insecurity. This was achieved with support from UNICEF to ensure good coverage and quality of services for severe acute malnutrition management.

  • In 2020, UNICEF will continue to support the ongoing emergency response interventions carried over from the year 2019 to 2020 including recovery interventions in the areas that were affected by Cyclone Idai and supporting the ongoing food insecurity response during the 2018/19 lean season which ends in 2020.

  • With the country still at risk of flooding, health emergencies including cholera and vaccine derived polio as well as possible food insecurity, UNICEF continues to enhance its preparedness status in readiness for possible disaster events.