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Malawi Nutrition Update Issue No. 32 April 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         

* 3,532 children aged 6 to 59   months with  Severe  Acute  Malnutrition (SAM)  received  lifesaving treatment in OTP centres  and NRUs.

* 9,173 children aged 6 to 59 months with Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM) treated in the SFP centres.

* 3614 Pregnant and Lactating Women (PLW) with MAM received supplementary food at the SFP centres in Mar.’19, compared to 5,369 in Mar.’18 (a 33% decrease in admission rates)

* 13% decrease in SAM Admissions observed in March 2019 compared with  March of  2018.

* 19% decrease in MAM admissions (specifically for children 6 to 59 months) in March of 2019 compared to March of 2018.

* The SAM death rate in March 2019 was 2.9%, remained within SPHERE standards


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