On Monday, Malawi Red Cross Society MRCS participated in the commemoration of the World Refugee Day for 2016. Events marking the commemoration took place at Dzaleka Refugee camp in Dowa District.
Muhammad Ali, a representative of the refugees thanked Malawi government for allowing and accommodating the refugees despite the economic hardships the country is facing at the moment. Ali however said that there are many challenges at the camp ranging from congestion, insufficient water, water, food and blankets among others.
Secretary General for International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent, Elhadj As Sy, said that there is need for countries like Malawi to prepare for shocks so that they don’t turn into disasters every time they occur.
Sy said that shocks are always going to be there but the level of preparedness by the communities and nations at large where they may occur is what can determine whether the shocks can be described as disasters or not.
Malawi Red Cross Society (MRCS) volunteers from Zingwangwa subdivision on Sunday 6th March 2016, held up a cleanup campaign at Zingwangwa health center in the city of Blantyre.
According to MRCS Blantyre division information officer Charles Mpopo, the campaign was done to make the health center surroundings clean.
January 24, 2016 Felix Washon
Malawi Red Cross Society ( MRCS) joined government and other players in the fight against Cholera outbreak. In a bid to reduce the number of cases and end the outbreak, MRCS with financial support from UNICEF mobilized its volunteers in the affected districts of Machinga, Zomba and Phalombe.
JANUARY 21, 2016 FELIX WASHON
As hunger bites harder across the country, about 2,000 hungry households that were severely affected by last year’s floods now have a reason to smile after Malawi Red Cross started supporting them with money for food.
The targeted beneficiaries are from parts of traditional authorities (T/A) Tengani and Ngabu in Nsanje and Kaduya and Mkumba in Phalombe.
The lengthy smile said it all. As Karonga district council chairperson Patrick Kishombe released a weight of pent-up excitement as Malawi Red Cross Society offered him a royal walking stick, signaling the handover of a community-based initiative credited with improving the wellbeing of rural communities in Karonga.
“Since 2012, Red Cross has made immerse contribution towards raising the health status of villages which has reduced death and diseases emanating to poor access to water, sanitation and hygiene facilities. We need to sustain the strides,” said councilor Kishombe.
Health and care programs manager for the Malawi Red Cross Society Gloria Kunyenga says people living in rural communities especially those who were affected by the floods earlier this year and have not yet recovered from the disasters needs to be provided with shelters if they are to be safe in the fast approaching rainy season.
September 30, 2015 Felix Washon
Lilongwe, In a bid to surmount delays in providing humanitarian assistance, the Malawi Red Cross Society (MRCS) on Tuesday launched the International Disaster Response Law (IDRL) report in Malawi.
The IDRL report seeks to reduce human vulnerability by promoting legal preparedness for disasters; it also provides an assessment of strengths and gaps in disaster response in Malawi.
JULY 08, 2015 FELIX WASHON
Malawi Red Cross Society is this week training Volunteers and sub division representatives in Disaster Risk Reduction. The training is part of the MRCS Relief and early recovery project in response to the floods. The aim of the training is to build the knowledge and skills in ways to reduce the impact of potential future floods (and other disasters).
The 5 day training has drawn 27 participants from three group village headmen of Kimu, Mbalu and Chilunga in TA Mwambo in Zomba district.
Malawi Red Cross Society, on Tuesday handed over the Integrated Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Project to the communities of central district of Malawi through Kasungu District Council. The project was financed to the tune of over One Hundred Million Malawi Kwacha by the Belgian Red Cross.
SALIMA, June 11, 2015: Malawi Red Cross Society in partnership with the Swiss Red Cross is implementing an Integrated Health Project using a community based health care program CBHFA approach. Within the project Water, Sanitation and Hygiene is one major component with several activities being carried out in the areas of Traditional Authority Khombedza and Kampingo Sibande in Salima and Mzimba districts respectively.
A study on legal preparedness for regulatory issues in international disaster response
Prioritized Districts based on flood impact & population
Random Sampling (affected & non-affected areas in TA’s)
Questionnaire produced by Shelter, WASH, and Agriculture clusters
Data collection via Smartphones
925 HH visited
7 prioritized districts
33 TAs (25 used in analysis)
Supplemented with 112 community surveys
endorsed by Emergency Shelter and Camp Management Cluster Malawi
TARPAULIN – 4m x 6m Quantity per kit: 2
Tarpaulins should be made of woven plastic. They are the key component of the shelter kit. They can be used for roofing, walls and floor covering.
SHELTER TOOL KIT – Quantity per kit: 1 Kit Contains:
ROPE – Quantity per kit: 1x30 m A universal fixing with many uses, such as binding timbers together, stabilising structures or fixing tarpaulin in place.