The Government of Malawi, through the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA), will from the month of September 2018, undertake a once-off maize distribution exercise targeting acute food-insecure households in 26 districts of the country, pending the final Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (MVAC) report and development of the 2018/2019 Food Insecurity Response Plan.
Strong winds that blew over some parts of Chikwawa District during the night of Sunday, 9th September, have affected a total of 1350 households.
A preliminary report from the District Council indicates that the winds wreaked havoc in Traditional Authorities Ngabu, Lundu, Chapananga and Katunga, and left three people injured.
“One person has been admitted to St. Montfort Hospital in Nchalo and the other two sustained minor injuries and were treated as outpatients,” reads part of the report.
Lilongwe, June 19, 2018: President Prof Arthur Peter Mutharika has affirmed his government’s commitment to end hunger and malnutrition which remains high among Malawians especially children.
Mutharika made the remarks in Lilongwe at Kamuzu Palace on Monday during an audience with His Majesty King Letsie III of the Kingdom of Lesotho. The king is in the country in his capacity as United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Special Ambassador on Nutrition.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development wishes to inform the general public that there is a suspected outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease that has been reported in Lisungwi and Kuthembwe Extension Planning Areas in Neno and Blantyre Districts.
BLANTYRE, May 22, 2018: President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika has urged the private sector in the country to support the Malawi Red Cross Society (MRCS) for it to enhance its humanitarian response activities towards mankind.
Speaking on Tuesday at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre during the inauguration of 2018 Red Cross/Crescent Week, Mutharika said the productivity of the private sector depends on meeting the needs of people who provide them with labour.
The Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) is consulting communities in eight districts of the country on the review of the National Disaster Risk Management Communication Strategy (NDRMCS).
Vice President and Minister of Disaster Management Affairs Dr. Saulos Chilima says the country needs to adopt new irrigation technologies if it were to make strides in ending persistent food insecurity.
Chilima made the observation on Tuesday when he visited families affected by recent floods in Nkhotakota.
DoDMA to distribute relief items stockpiled at its Karonga Warehouse
Plans to replenish the warehouse with more relief items at an advanced stage.
A disaster assessment report by the Karonga District Council indicates that heavy rains that continuously fell in Karonga District caused serious flooding and affected 300 households [approximately 1650] people.
A disaster assessment report by the Salima District Council indicates that stormy rains that hit most parts of T/A Mwanza on Sunday; 8th April, affected 90 households [approximately 495 people].
The report, signed by Disaster Officer Blessings Kamtema and District Commissioner Charles Mwawembe, calls for immediate relief assistance.
“The affected households require food and non-food relief items such as plastic sheets, maize and kitchen utensils,” reads part of the report.
The Joint Programme, Improving Access and Quality of Education for Girls in Malawi (JPGE) is implemented in 81 schools in three districts of Malawi. It aims at improving access, quality and relevance of education for girls, through addressing key known threats to girls’ education.
The threats include poor food and nutrition, inadequate protection against sexual and physical violence, poor quality schooling, harmful social and traditional practices and violations of girls’ sexual and reproductive rights.
impressed with the implementation of projects under SGS
An expert in disaster risk management (DRM) says countries need to scale up efforts if they were to make progress in mitigating the impact of floods.
Professor Weihua Fang who teaches at the Academy of Disaster Reduction and Emergency Management (ADREM) of the Beijing Normal University, said this on Thursday in Karonga District when he visited Mwaulambo Evacuation Centre which was constructed under the Malawi-China-UNDP Disaster Risk Reduction Small Grants Scheme (SGS).
Written by Sylvester Kumwenda
Lilongwe, March 15: The Civil Society Organization Nutrition Alliance (CSONA) says there is need to advocate for behavior change in districts which are regarded as food baskets in Malawi but are still recording high numbers of malnutrition cases.
In the Malawi Demographic Household Survey of 2016, Malawi has reduced stunting cases by 10 percent against the 47 percent recorded in 2010.
Department of Disaster Management Affairs
A preliminary report by the Nsanje District Council has indicated that one household has been affected by the earthquake that occurred in the district on Thursday, March 8.
The earthquake, measured 5.4 on the Richter scale, has damaged a house belonging to Mr. and Mrs Kamfumbi of Lambwe Village, T/A Malemia.
“We are still conducting assessments to establish the extent of damage,” reads part of the report.
The swelling of Mwanza and Bwabwali Rivers over the weekend has affected 277 households in most parts of T/A Maseya in Chikwawa District.
A preliminary report indicates that 53 households have been completely damaged, forcing the families to seek refuge in their friends and relations’ houses.
Chikwawa District disaster desk officer Francis Kadzokoya says assessments are ongoing and the district council will release a detailed report once completed.
Meanwhile, plans to dispatch relief items to the affected houses are at an advanced stage.
The second consignment of rice donated by the People’s Republic of China has arrived in the country from Beira, Mozambique, via Mwanza Border.
Department of Disaster management Affairs’ (DoDMA) Deputy Director of Response and Recovery, Dyce Nkhoma, said the consignment, which comprises 1,250 metric tonnes [25,000; 50kg bags] started arriving last week on 50 trucks carrying containers of about 25 tonnes each.
Written by Sellah Singini
Dedza, February 15, 2018: Dedza District Environmental Health Office says has registered one confirmed case of cholera, the district’s health officials have confirmed.
Speaking in an interview with Malawi News Agency, District Environmental Health Officer (DEHO), Sydney Paul, said a cholera suspect was reported to Dedza District Health Office on 10th February, 2018 and was admitted at Mua Mission Hospital.
This update is produced jointly by the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) of Malawi and the United Nations Office of the Resident Coordinator in Malawi, in collaboration with humanitarian partners. The report is as of 12th February, 2018.
A preliminary report has indicated that floods that hit most parts of T/As Kalonga and Pemba in Salima District on Wednesday night; have affected 105 households.
The report further states that 27 families have been displaced and have since been relocated to a camp which the council has set in T/A Kalonga’s jurisdiction.
“The council has so far provided buckets, chlorine, mosquito nets, maize and beans for use by people residing at the camp,” reads part of the report.
Food Security situation has improved significantly compared to 2015/16 cropping year
Onset of rains was normal and well distributed in central and southern areas. A few districts in the south experienced dry spell in the month of February.
Fall army worms attacked maize in all regions with varying intensity and the impact on production was not significant
Tobacco production has continued to decline due to low prices being offered by buyers.
Heavy rains that poured on the night of Wednesday, February 7 have damaged structures, most of them dwelling places, in Karonga, Lilongwe and Salima Districts, Department of Disaster Management Affairs’ Chief Relief and Rehabilitation Officer confirmed the development.
Fyawupi Mwafongo said heavy downpours caused the flooding of the North Rukuru River, affecting a number of households in Karonga District.