WFP Malawi Country Brief, November 2021


In Numbers

61,916 cumulative and 571 active cases of COVID-19 in Malawi (30 November 2021)

USD 4.9 million six-month (December 2021 - May 2022) net funding requirements

11,000 refugee households assisted with cash distributions

Strategic Outcome 1

• Refugees: Double distributions for the months of September and October were completed, with cash and in-kind transfers of super cereal (corn-soya blend) for 11,000 refugee households (approximately 46,000 refugees) in Dzaleka camp.

• WFP supported the visit of the European Union’s head of mission to Dzaleka refugee camp to enhance government engagement and plans in support of the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework.

• The Government of Malawi has introduced new COVID-19 testing and vaccination measures at Dzaleka Refugee Camp as a point of entry. The COVID-19 isolation centre erected in the camp by WFP and UNHCR will be used for the exercise.

Strategic Outcome 2

• School feeding: In collaboration with sister agencies the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), WFP hosted the Director General for the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation on a visit to a school under the United Nations Joint Programme on Girls Education supported by the Government of Norway.

• Schools in Malawi closed on 19 November 2021 for the last school term of the 2021 academic year and are scheduled to reopen on 4 January 2022. In November, WFP supported the transition of 74 schools in four districts (Chikwawa, Nsanje, Phalombe and Zomba) to home-grown school feeding as part of the scale-up of the school feeding model.

• Social protection: To inform preparedness work for the lean season response, WFP Malawi has collaborated with social protection donors and partners to ensure a harmonised response in transfer values and timing of transfers during the lean season response to avoid misunderstanding at community level.

Strategic Outcome 3

• Malnutrition prevention: Nutrition awareness campaigns on messages on maternal nutrition, infant and young child nutrition, water, hygiene and sanitation and COVID-19 were conducted through live radio programmes, radio jingles and sensitization meetings in Balaka, Chikwawa and Zomba reaching an estimated 750,000 people.