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.
Lilongwe, January 4: Minister of Health and Population Atupele Muluzi has said although the cholera situation is certainly worsening, it has not yet reached the stage where it can be regarded as an epidemic.
The Minister said this when he gave an update on the situation of cholera in the country on Thursday morning at the Ministry of Health at Capital Hill in Lilongwe, where he appealed for assistance from everyone to compliment his ministry’s efforts in trying to contain the disease.
Karonga, December 19, 2017: Karonga District Council and other stakeholders working in health sector are in dilemma over the fast spreading of a cholera outbreak in the district where two people have died with a total of 51 registered cases in four weeks.
The district council and the stakeholders met Monday to discuss how they could contain the outbreak of the disease.
A report presented at the meeting by Karonga District Environmental Health Officer, Lewis Tukula indicated that about 23 villages have been affected in all the five traditional authorities.
Lilongwe, November 11, 2017: National Malaria Control Programme said malaria remains the major cause of death among under-5 children and pregnant women in the country.
National Malaria Control Programme Manager in Ministry of Health, Dr Michael Kayange disclosed this Friday in Lilongwe during a press briefing marking SADC Malaria week and commemoration of Malaria Day.
He pointed out that mortality rate is at 61 per cent for the period 2010 -2016 and they need to put more measures in order to reduce the percentage.
The Ministry of Health would like to inform the general public and the media that it has received reports of a Cholera Outbreak in Mozambique, in communities neighbouring Malawi such as Moatize in Tete and this is a popular destination township for shopping not only for people from neighbouring districts of Mwanza but also for thousands of businesspeople from across the country.
Lilongwe, November 15, 2016: Republic of Germany Tuesday provided Malawi with 45 Million Euros (Mk 36 Billion) which will see improvement in the health, education and social protection sectors.
Speaking at Capital Hill in Lilongwe after signing the financial cooperation agreement, Germany Ambassador to Malawi, Jurgen Borsch said the support relates to the commitments that were made during the bilateral negations in October last year.
The Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee has just finished doing an update Assessment Report to the May 2016 vulnerability situation. Results are to be ready mid-November. There are expectations that the number of vulnerable population will rise with a small margin from the current 6.5 million.
At least 260, 000 households in 16 districts across the country are to benefit from the 6,000 metric tons of rice donated by the Chinese government in response to the food insecurity in the country.
The Malawi Vulnerability Annual Assessment (MVAC) of May 2016 projects that 6.5 million people, about 39% of the total population are at risk of food insecurity in 24 out of 28 districts. This is a 129% increase from last year, and the 24 affected districts have food deficits ranging from 3 to 9 months.
MVAC records maize production at about 2.5 million Metric Tons (MT) against a national humanitarian requirement of 3.2 million MT - translating into a deficit of about 700,000 MT.
July 2016 – March 2017
6.5 million People in need of humanitarian aid
6.5 million People targeted for humanitarian aid in this plan
2.4 million Farmers completely lost their production
975,000 children and Women in need of nutrition assistance
24 districts affected and in need of assistance
(US$) 395.13 million.
Confirmed pledges– US $ 91.32 million
Resource Gap – US $ 303.81 million
Disasters in Malawi are no longer unforeseen. The country is experiencing serious effects of climate change. There are floods or dry spell or both almost yearly. The 2015 floods were the most devastating in terms of geographical coverage, severity of damage and extent of loss. While 15 districts were directly affected, the whole country suffered from the effects. Water and electricity were interrupted. Damages on roads and bridges disrupted business.
131 sites remain open, corresponding to approximately 26,100 households and an estimated 107,000 individuals.
A decrease of 12,466 IDP households was recorded between the second and third round of the DTM reports; corresponding to a 32% decrease in the number of displaced households.
56% of the IDP population are female; 44% of IDPs are male.
This report 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. It covers the period from 1 April to 23 April 2015. The next report will be issued on or around 15 May 2015.
The 23 April marks 100 days of the Flood Disaster in Malawi and the subsequent response.
As at 31 March, 251 cholera cases with 3 deaths have been confirmed by the Ministry of Health, up from 172 in the previous week. Of these 79 are new cases reported for the week
Following rains that fell towards the end of last week in parts of Thyolo, Mulanje and Blantyre, the East Bank is once again inaccessible by road. There are however communities in parts of Nsanje District, specifically in the East Bank, that require humanitarian assistance in food aid, WASH and NFIs.
The Head of the OCHA Regional Office for Southern Africa (ROSA), Mr. Ignacio Leon-Garcia, paid a brief visit to Malawi between 8 and 12 March.
As of 16 March, a total of 148 cases of cholera have been confirmed by the Ministry of Health, including two deaths.
The review of the 2015 Malawi Floods Response Plan is underway. Clusters are revising their sectorial plans, with focus on the most affected districts: Nsanje, Zomba, Phalombe, Chikwawa,
Blantyre Rural and Mulanje.
IOM recently concluded and shared its Disaster Tracking Matrix (DTM) indicating 56% of the IDP population resides in 25 sites only.
As of 06 March, 61 cases of cholera have been confirmed by the Ministry of Health, with two deaths.
Additional humanitarian coordination capacity has been made available through OCHA’s Stand-by Partnership Program.
· According to the Malawi Meteorological Service, heavy rains are expected all over the country in the coming days, with risk of rising water levels in the major river systems in the country and subsequent flooding in the lower Shire and along the Lakeshore areas.
According to the Malawi Meteorological Service, heavy rains are expected across the country in the coming days, with risk of rising water levels in the Shire River and subsequent flooding along the Lower Shire areas.
As of 24 February 2015, 39 cases of cholera have been confirmed by the Ministry of Health, with 02 deaths. Out of the 39 cases, 05 cases were reported in Mwanza, a district which was not affected by floods, while the rest have been reported in Nsanje.