Humanitarianresponse Logo

Malawi Nutrition Update Issue No. 31 March 2019

On 8 March, the Government of Malawi declared a State of Disaster following persistent rains which led to severe flooding across some districts in southern Malawi. 

•15 districts and 2 cities are affected

•More than 800,000 people have been affected,

•C.87,000 people displaced in 173 camps

•60 deaths and 672 injuries  - Source: DODMA

Nutrition Cluster Response Objective

Contribute to the prevention and treatment of acute malnutrition among the flood affected population, particularly women and children, thereby reducing mortality and morbidity amongst these target groups.

Target: 178,192 individuals

Outcome: Affected communities are effectively covered by quality nutrition interventions practicing good nutrition behaviors.

Implementation Strategies

à Provision of quality of care for treatment and management of acute malnutrition among vulnerable groups (infants, children, pregnant and lactating women and PLHIV).

à Strengthening community capacity and linkages to enhance early identification of malnutrition and referral to facilities.

à Prevention and protection for vulnerable groups, against the deterioration of nutrition status through provision of adequate targeted food assistance, fortified food blends, Micro nutrient powders (MNPs) Vitamin A supplementation, and deworming targeting high risk groups (infants, pregnant, lactating, and PLHIV).

à Strengthening nutrition cluster coordination at national and district level

à Procurement and distribution of CMAM supplies


Operation(s)/ Webspace(s): 
United Nations Children's Fund
Original Publication Date: 
31 Mar 2019
Document type: 
Humanitarian Bulletin