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16 Jan 2019 description

…Government condoles bereaved families

A 53-year-old woman and two girls aged two and six have died when walls of houses they were sleeping in collapsed following heavy rains in Mangochi and Balaka districts.

Patuma Welemu and her six-year-old granddaughter Rose Ayami died during the early hours of Sunday, 13th January, 2019 in Nsinje Village, T/A Mponda, Mangochi, while two year-old Emmanuela Bwekere mate her fate on Saturday, 12th January, in Msamati Village, T/A Amidu, Balaka District.

12 Jan 2019 description
report Floodlist

Violent storms and flash flooding triggered by heavy rain have affected the south east African countries of Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique over the last few days. Over 20 people have reportedly died since 09 January, 2019.

Malawi

Malawi’s Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) reported on 11 January that flash floods in the capital Lilongwe, Central Region, have caused severe material damage, affecting around 600 people. No fatalities have been reported.

12 Jan 2019 description

…Two people go missing, feared dead

…Minister pays a visit, says there is need to find lasting solution to flooding

A preliminary report indicates that a total of 179 households (approximately 984 people) have been affected by flash floods that occurred on Thursday, 10th January, 2019, in areas around Biwi, Mchesi, Kawale, Kaliyeka, 22, 24, and 36 in Lilongwe City.

Following the floods, two people have gone missing and are feared to be dead.

07 Jan 2019 description

In Numbers

35,359 refugees received food

170,000 households targeted by Food for Assets

39,000 participants targeted by R4 Rural Initiative

85,980 children, adolescents and adults treated for acute malnutrition

Operational Updates

Refugee Programme

• WFP together with UNHCR and the Government are conducting vulnerability profiling of refugees expected to be completed in December.

04 Jan 2019 description

Lilongwe, January 4, 2019: The United Nations in Malawi is concerned by the continued gruesome attacks on persons with albinism and strongly condemns the savage killing of Yasin Phiri, aged 54, at Kande in Nkhata Bay on the eve of the new year. The UN is also concerned that there has not been progress to trace 12-year old Joseph Kachingwe who went missing on 6th July 2018.

This latest attack and other violations perpetrated against persons with albinism are a setback to the concerted efforts in the protection of people with albinism.

30 Dec 2018 description

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year.

24 Dec 2018 description

Carrie B Dolan

Abstract

Objective This article examines the potential pathways health aid may use to influence the availability of malaria services at a facility level and the utilisation of malaria services for children under five in Malawi.

22 Dec 2018 description

Crisis (IPC Phase3) outcomes will likely persist through the lean season

Key Messages

20 Dec 2018 description
  • The displaced seek refuge at two camps

  • DoDMA dispatches relief items.

A preliminary report by the Balaka District Council indicates that flash floods that occurred in the early morning of Tuesday, 18th December, 2018, in T/A Kalembo, have displaced 26 families, of which 21 are female-headed.

The families, which require immediate food assistance, have since sought refuge at St. Andrews Primary School and Ufulu Fruit Juice Factory.

19 Dec 2018 description

In Numbers

  • 8.4 million people food insecure in Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe
  • 4.1 million people to receive food, cash or vouchers to address immediate lean season needs
  • Additional USD 171 million required to meet the food needs in the six countries over the lean season (December 2018 - April 2019)

Highlights

12 Dec 2018 description

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

• The Northern Region received normal to above while the Centre and South receive below normal rainfall.

• The Centre and South experienced prolonged dry spells averaging 2-4 weeks while the North experienced minimal dry spells in isolated places.

• Fall army worms infestations were reported in all districts but unlike last year control measures were spontaneous this season thus minimising impact.

• Maize production has dropped from 3.5million MT to 2.7 million MT representing 28%.

12 Dec 2018 description

HIGHLIGHTS

A sharp increase in maize grain prices as the lean season progresses.

Maize prices

Prices of maize grain increased sharply on the local markets in the fourth week of November, signalling supply constraints induced by the below-average production due to fall armyworm and prolonged dry spells in the 2017/18 season

The weekly average price of MK 144 per kilogram is 55 percent higher than a year earlier and 7 percent higher than the five-year average.

12 Dec 2018 description

Executive Summary

The third round of crop estimates assessment for the 2017/2018 season conducted by Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development indicated a maize production of 2,697,959 metric tons, 28.4% drop from 3,464,139 metric tons of 2016/2017 growing season.

12 Dec 2018 description
report World Bank

Malawi Economic Monitor: Girls’ Education Key for Malawi’s Development

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Early marriage and childbearing before age 18 and the resultant population growth are negatively impacting Malawi’s development

  • Ending child marriage could generate half a billion dollars annually for Malawi in the next decade

  • The report recommends the government invest more in girls’ education and create economic opportunities for out-of-school girls

06 Dec 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

In October 2018 reporting was at 100 percent. All the 619 Outpatient Therapeutic Program (OTP) centres, 104 Nutrition Rehabilitation Units (NRU) and 611 Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP) centres in Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) reported as follows:

  • 3,334 children aged 6 to 59 months with Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) received lifesaving treatment in OTP centres and NRUs.

  • 7,162 children aged 6 to 59 months with Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM) treated in the SFP centres.

06 Dec 2018 description

In Numbers

34,582 refugees received food

170,000 households targeted by Food for Assets

39,000 participants targeted by R4 Rural Initiative

84,607 children, adolescents and adults treated for acute malnutrition

Operational Updates

General Updates

• WFP joined the rest of the world to mark World Food Day on 16 October which was celebrated in Nkhotakota District, Central Malawi, with the theme: “My actions My Future: A Zero Hunger World is possible by 2030”.

01 Dec 2018 description

Distribution of humanitarian assistance is delayed and Crisis (IPC Phase 3) outcomes continue

Key Messages

  • Most southern and some central areas in Malawi are experiencing Crisis (IPC Phase 3) acute food security while the rest of the country is facing Stressed (IPC Phase 2) and Minimal (IPC Phase 1) outcomes. According to the MVAC, 3.3 million people will likely need humanitarian assistance during the lean season. These households have little to no food stocks and have below-average incomes to buy food from the market.

01 Dec 2018 description

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year.

26 Nov 2018 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 9.6 million people were severely food-insecure in Southern Africa at the start of the lean season (October 2018- April 2019)

  • Three districts in Zimbabwe and two in Madagascar are facing Emergency food insecurity (IPC phase 4) due to extreme loss of livelihoods

  • There is at least an 80 per cent chance of an El Niño phenomenon between October and December 2018, which could exacerbate the deteriorating situation.

KEY MESSAGES